uni·​ver·​sal·​i·​ty | \ ˌyü-nə-(ˌ)vər-ˈsa-lə-tē \

Definition of universality

1 : the quality or state of being universal
2 : universal comprehensiveness in range

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Powell and Lanthimos were not necessarily out to re-create a royal palace from the past, but instead to highlight the universality of the narrative and the characters in it. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Though They Look Regal, Sandy Powell’s Costumes for The Favourite Are Grounded in Reality," 20 Nov. 2018 The concept for Mordeo, whose beverage program is overseen by master sommelier Luis de Santos, was inspired by their travels to Barcelona and the universality of great ingredients. Andrea Bennett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where Las Vegas' Celebrity Chefs Eat Late at Night," 1 Oct. 2018 And that level of universality of transaction will create so much data that can be used by Tencent and Alibaba for mining insights, targeting and so on, but can also be used by individual merchants or apps who have transactions. Eric Johnson, Recode, "If they don’t want to lose their jobs to a machine, doctors will need to become compassionate ‘human connectors’," 17 Sep. 2018 Like a great deal of humor, GDPR memes draw on both timing and universality of experience. Sarah Jeong, The Verge, "I don’t know why GDPR is so funny, but it is," 25 May 2018 By Carlo Rovelli Riverhead, 240 pages, $20 Mr. Rovelli explains how gravity mediates the modification of the structure of time, causing time to lose its universality and unity. Priyamvada Natarajan, WSJ, "‘The Order of Time’ Review: Stop All the Clocks," 1 June 2018 Early episodes prove that Pose is versatile, capable of both universality and vivid specificity. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Pose': TV Review," 22 May 2018 While some are set on making that difficult, the chorus of voices rising up in support gives us the hope necessary to continue our struggle for freedom, justice, liberation, and one that is beautiful in its universality. Letters, Teen Vogue, "A Letter to Gigi Hadid from Palestinian Youth," 30 May 2018 Unless it is supported with extraphotographic evidence, it will be mired in platitudes about human brutality or the universality of grief, truths for which no photographic argument is required. New York Times, "What Does It Mean to Look at This?," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of universality

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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