One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1attributive Better or greater than usual; special.‘these traditions are of especial interest to feminists’
exceptional, particular, special, extra special, extraordinary, outstanding, superior, unusual, marked, singular, signalView synonyms
- ‘Of the 58 homes, the 18 detached residences are attracting especial attention from buyers looking to upgrade from a three-bed semi to something more spacious and of a higher quality.’
- ‘Two contributions by indigenous writers will probably be of especial interest to readers with a social or cultural anthropological background.’
- ‘Where life is at stake the evidence must be scrutinised with especial care.’
- ‘Yet we feel especial guilt when our wrong-doing betrays another person's confidence.’
- ‘When building a house or farm especial care should be taken to place it at the foot of a wooded hill where it is exposed to health-giving winds.’
- ‘The sections on stage antiquities and on the Athenian constitution are of especial interest to scholars.’
- ‘I give especial thanks to Jane Brown for her extraordinary help and to Tony White for years of helpful discussions.’
- ‘It gave him especial joy, he declared, to see so many young, upstanding men in the congregation.’
- ‘Three features of these data are of especial interest.’
- ‘The addition of a bit of 21st-century soft porn didn't improve the story or give it any especial depth, to my mind.’
- ‘I value education a great deal - it is one of the great processes of life - but, like other great processes of life, I don't feel any especial reverence for it.’
- ‘It was received with especial delight in the Netherlands and cultivated with great care.’
- ‘He had taken especial care preparing for this evening and in his heart he knew that he would be escorting this beautiful girl home.’
- ‘In his essays and prefaces to plays, poems, and translations, he comments about past and present literary practice, writing with especial care about the form and function of drama.’
2attributive For or belonging chiefly to one person or thing.‘her outburst was for my especial benefit’
distinctive, individual, special, particular, distinct, peculiar, personal, own, unique, singular, exclusive, specific, privateView synonyms
- ‘Each member of the family had his especial duty to perform, his particular bags to oversee.’
- ‘Students and their problems were her especial concern.’
- ‘As a Provost and Judge, it is your especial duty to render justice to all, to hear patiently, remember accurately, and weigh carefully the facts and the arguments offered.’
Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin specialis ‘special’, from species (see species).
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