an idea with universal appeal
a pattern that is universal across all cultures
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Many authors, like Riordan, Roth, and Levithan, use young characters as a way to appeal to universal themes people at any age can relate to, like longing, rebellion, and anxiety.—Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 25 Nov. 2023 Every agency would be affected, including the Department of Education, which would see its budget cut by $1 billion over two years; the Sanitation Department; the city’s libraries; and popular programs like summer school and universal prekindergarten.—Emma G. Fitzsimmons, New York Times, 21 Nov. 2023 But with magnetic alignment and a good deal more universal compatibility, Qi2 drags the broader wireless charging market forward.—Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 15 Nov. 2023 The four writers worked diligently to craft a universal text of unending commitment, but while the sentiment was significant, evaluating their progress was difficult.—Tom Roland, Billboard, 15 Nov. 2023 His mission is simple – to inspire artists, to connect with his roots, and to create a movement, all through the universal language of music.—Ekow Barnes, Essence, 13 Nov. 2023 Nigerian-American designer, Ini Archibong, presents his own vision of spiritual reality, where his pieces are artifacts grounded in storytelling or mythology and based on universal or spiritual themes.—Y-Jean Mun-Delsalle, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 There is no licensed vaccine for SARS, though researchers are working on universal coronavirus vaccines that could target both SARS and COVID, among other coronaviruses.—Byerin Prater, Fortune Well, 10 Nov. 2023 The company is largely concerned about supply chain management — specifically, the apparent lack of a universal supply chain management standard.—Nana Ama Sarfo, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023
Vice President Harris, during her presidential primary campaign, articulated a true equal pay proposal, an initiative estimated to inject an additional $180 billion into U.S. coffers–revenue that could be used to offset the cost universal paid and medical leave as well as affordable childcare.—Katica Roy, Fortune, 19 Oct. 2023 Felker has a knack for narrative detail like the Hold Steady’s Craig Finn, able to tap into the universal through specifics, but instead of the Twin Cities, most of the action takes place in Oklahoma and neighboring states.—Jon Freeman, Spin, 24 Aug. 2023 Listings are ordered by popularity, the insidious universal of the online world.—Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 31 July 2023 Not only is there is a human universal of offense at violation of sacred norms, but those sacred norms vary from culture to culture.—Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 15 Sep. 2012 As passive night-fighting capability is far from universal in Russia’s tank fleet, and being first to detect and shoot often determines the outcome of tank battles, the sights are particularly important.—Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 29 June 2023 Therefore, the common view that positive illusions are a human universal is based on heavily skewed research.—Shinobu Kitayama, Scientific American, 15 May 2023 By making Athena into an avatar of literary ruthlessness, Kuang transforms what could have been a character with foibles and compulsions into a universal, and thus somewhat boring, archetype: the writer who wrecks her relationships and transgresses every boundary for the sake of her work.—Zoe Hu, Washington Post, 12 May 2023 This is the first change in testing recommendations since 2008 and makes testing universal for adults, rather than based on whether a person has any risk factors for hepatitis B infection.—Valerie Debenedette, Verywell Health, 12 Apr. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin universalis, from universum universe