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special

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of special

  1. 1 being the one or ones of a class with no other members the President claimed that international terrorism was a special threat that required a special way of dealing with it Synonyms of special alone, lone, one, one-off, singular, sole, solitary, only, sui generis, uniqueWords Related to special single, solo, unaccompanied, unattended; incomparable, inimitable, matchless, peerless, unequaled (or unequalled), unmatched, unparalleled, unrivaled (or unrivalled), unsurpassable, unsurpassed; distinct, distinctive, individual, separate; nonceNear Antonyms of special divers, manifold, multifarious, myriad; assorted, heterogenous, miscellaneous, mixed, motley, patchwork, promiscuous, varied; popular, prevailing, prevalent, rampant; perennial, recurrent, repeated

  2. 2 granted special treatment or attention one student who was treated as special by the teacher Synonyms of special beloved, cherished, dear, fair-haired, favored, favorite, fond, loved, pet, precious, darling, sweet, white-headedWords Related to special admired, adored, appreciated, esteemed, relished, revered; prized, treasured; preferredNear Antonyms of special abhorred, abominated, despised, detested, disdained, disfavored, disliked, execrated, hated, loathed, unfavorite; abandoned, forgotten, ignored; alienated, estrangedAntonyms of special unbeloved

  3. 3 of a particular or exact sort you'll need special permission from the fire department to do that Synonyms of special concrete, distinct, especial, peculiar, precise, set, express, specificWords Related to special lone, only, separate, single, sole, solitary; distinctive, exclusive, individual, unique; limited, restricted; differentiated, specialized; given, specifiedNear Antonyms of special general, generalized, generic, nonexclusive, universalAntonyms of special nonspecific

Synonym Discussion of special

special, especial, specific, particular, individual mean of or relating to one thing or class. special stresses having a quality, character, identity, or use of its own.
    • special ingredients
especial may add implications of preeminence or preference.
    • a matter of especial importance
specific implies a quality or character distinguishing a kind or a species.
    • children with specific nutritional needs
particular stresses the distinctness of something as an individual.
    • a ballet step of particular difficulty
individual implies unequivocal reference to one of a class or group.
    • valued each individual opinion

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