Definition of all-embracing in English:



  • Including or covering everything or everyone; comprehensive.

    ‘the all-embracing term ‘folk art’ appears to be increasingly inadequate’
    • ‘He is the God of Coke and Pepsi, the all-embracing deity of McDonalds and Wal-Mart.’
    • ‘He was methodical, all-embracing, and total as a criminal.’
    • ‘That all-embracing fear and its corollary, the urgency to succeed, creates the fragile ego and the insecurity that underlies all crimes of passion.’
    • ‘No opinions were dismissed, but it was certainly clear that this would be an all-embracing group, with a very broad vision.’
    • ‘Mysteries have been replaced with conspiracies, complex, all-embracing structures that nicely dovetail with the internet's global reach.’
    • ‘It seems that nothing is safe from the all-embracing incompetence of this Council.’
    • ‘After the foundation of the State, there had been several unsuccessful attempts to establish an all-embracing national farmers' union.’
    • ‘If he had the choice, the Master of the Rolls would favour dressing barristers and judges in an all-embracing continental gown which fastens down the front with Velcro.’
    • ‘It shows an inability to recognise that the real world consists of trade-offs of competing priorities rather than painless solutions derived from one all-embracing value.’
    • ‘What is needed is a comprehensive approach and an all-embracing system combating this evil.’
    • ‘It is an all-embracing obedience which requires total submission from the believers, having no exception whatsoever.’
    • ‘There is to us an all-embracing moderation linked to the delights of our weather, which rarely succumbs to the outbursts of violence that maim people and flatten buildings.’
    • ‘But there is not a single all-embracing protocol which defines existing practice around complaints and discipline.’
    • ‘Postan's strength was that he had an all-embracing explanation for everything that happened - namely, that the determining factor was population.’
    • ‘Propaganda becomes an all-embracing substitute for reality, requiring the party to eliminate any alternative sources of information.’
    • ‘The course is all-embracing and has different women from all sorts of backgrounds and skill sets, including a woman in a wheelchair who has had the facilities adapted for her needs.’
    • ‘Suddenly history could be all-embracing: no subject was beneath notice and inspection, no part of Scottish life could not make some contribution to the story.’
    • ‘Whatever ethnicity might be, the problem lies with its essentialized all-embracing interpretation, and this must be put aside.’
    • ‘Earlier this year, the Danish government announced the introduction of an all-embracing health voucher.’
    • ‘He said the area needs to adopt an all-embracing approach, involving the entire community, to achieve long-term economic prosperity.’
    thorough, in-depth, concentrated, rigorous, exhaustive, all-out, concerted, thoroughgoing
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