uni·​ver·​sal·​i·​ty | \ ˌyü-nə-(ˌ)vər-ˈsa-lə-tē How to pronounce universality (audio) \

Definition of universality

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

Examples of universality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its blunt force underlines the universality of racist violence. New York Times, "Making Black Lives, Not Just Black Deaths, Matter Onstage," 28 Feb. 2021 What these ends have in common is their universality. Michael Kazin, The New Republic, "How the Democratic Party Can Create a Majoritarian Coalition," 11 Feb. 2021 Yet in that particularity there also exists an undeniable universality. New York Times, "A Breakout Portrait Artist Invested in Asian Representation," 3 Feb. 2021 Through this unique figure, and through this highly specific portrait of one country, The White Tiger achieves a kind of universality. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, "Netflix’s The White Tiger Is a Brutal, Powerful Tale of Ambition, Class, and Corruption," 22 Jan. 2021 Kapur’s lines are honed, intimate expressions of the universality of violence and the possibility of moving beyond it. BostonGlobe.com, "A new poetry volume, a Harvard graduate doing great things, and a novel set in rural Vermont," 20 Jan. 2021 This universality along with its speedy shipping abilities makes the site a goldmine for easy, crowd-pleasing gifts (minus the TP) — especially come Valentine's Day. Karina Hoshikawa, refinery29.com, "18 Amazon Valentine’s Day Gifts They’ll Swoon Over," 13 Jan. 2021 Although Wilson was attacked as a separatist, his point was that Black theater has just as much power to lay claim to universality as the works of any other tradition. Daniel Pollack-pelzner, The Atlantic, "The Unconscious Rebellion of August Wilson," 22 Dec. 2020 Charles Darwin, who greeted that number with some skepticism, was invested in exploring the universality of facial expressions as evidence of humanity’s common evolutionary history. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "A Smile at a Wedding and a Cheer at a Soccer Game Are Alike the World Over," 17 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of universality

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Universality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/universality. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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