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[per-tik-yuh-lar-i-tee, puh-tik-] /pərˌtɪk yəˈlær ɪ ti, pəˌtɪk-/
noun, plural particularities.
the quality or state of being particular.
detailed, minute, or circumstantial character, as of description or statement.
attention to details; special care.
an individual or characteristic feature or trait; peculiarity.
Origin of particularity
1520-30; < Middle French particularite < Late Latin particulāritāt- (stem of particulāritās) state of being apart. See particular, -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • At school, too, Markham's conversation had a particularity known to distinguish it.

    The English Spy Bernard Blackmantle
  • His particularity in little things has often been commented on.

    Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee (His Son) Captain Robert E. Lee
  • She put new and accurate meaning into facts time and time again, speaking with the particularity and vividness of an eye-witness.

    No Clue James Hay
  • (i) I commend to you, in the next place, the importance of particularity in prayer.

    Practical Religion John Charles Ryle
  • I will not follow him through the particularity of the description which he gives to his friend Apollinaris.

  • Also sometimes used to denote distinction, or particularity.

    Write It Right Ambrose Bierce
  • But, to tell the truth, he scarcely seemed to notice her at all with any particularity.

    December Love Robert Hichens
  • He gives it chief place by position and by particularity of description.

British Dictionary definitions for particularity


noun (pl) -ties
(often pl) a specific circumstance: the particularities of the affair
great attentiveness to detail; fastidiousness
the quality of being precise: a description of great particularity
the state or quality of being particular as opposed to general; individuality: the particularity of human situations
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for particularity

1520s, from Middle French particularité, from Late Latin particularitatem (nominative particularitas), from Latin particularis (see particular).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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