Definition of especial in English:



  • 1attributive Better or greater than usual; special.

    ‘these traditions are of especial interest to feminists’
    • ‘Where life is at stake the evidence must be scrutinised with especial care.’
    • ‘Two contributions by indigenous writers will probably be of especial interest to readers with a social or cultural anthropological background.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It gave him especial joy, he declared, to see so many young, upstanding men in the congregation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yet we feel especial guilt when our wrong-doing betrays another person's confidence.’
    • ‘It was received with especial delight in the Netherlands and cultivated with great care.’
    • ‘I give especial thanks to Jane Brown for her extraordinary help and to Tony White for years of helpful discussions.’
    • ‘Three features of these data are of especial interest.’
    • ‘He had taken especial care preparing for this evening and in his heart he knew that he would be escorting this beautiful girl home.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The addition of a bit of 21st-century soft porn didn't improve the story or give it any especial depth, to my mind.’
    • ‘The sections on stage antiquities and on the Athenian constitution are of especial interest to scholars.’
    exceptional, particular, special, extra special, extraordinary, outstanding, superior, unusual, marked, singular, signal
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  • 2attributive For or belonging chiefly to one person or thing.

    ‘her outburst was for my especial benefit’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Each member of the family had his especial duty to perform, his particular bags to oversee.’
    • ‘Students and their problems were her especial concern.’
    distinctive, individual, special, particular, distinct, peculiar, personal, own, unique, singular, exclusive, specific, private
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Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin specialis ‘special’, from species (see species).