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special sort

(printing) a character, such as an accented letter, that is not a usual member of any fount Also called peculiar, arbitrary
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  • It's made of a special sort of silk, woven just for this purpose.

    The Brimming Cup Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  • A seal is in this respect a special sort of "effectual sign."

    To My Younger Brethren Handley C. G. Moule
  • She knew that a special sort of friendship existed between them from that time on.

    The Beloved Woman Kathleen Norris
  • When he went on, it was with gestures as if he were making a speech, but it was a special sort of speech.

    The Pirates of Ersatz Murray Leinster
  • There is, I am told, a considerable influx of visitors of a special sort; they wear khaki and lead the troglodytic life.

    War and the Future H. G. Wells
  • Wherever we go in the body, there we find some special sort of cell.

    Natural Wonders Edwin Tenney Brewster
  • But there, I was fond of the shop—it is no use denying it—and it takes a special sort of education to fit one for idleness.

    Lover or Friend Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • Exulting indeed he was but it was a special sort of exultation which seemed to take him by the throat like an enemy.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • As these examples suggest, insight is a name for a special sort and degree of knowledge.

  • Towards the end of the century Italy comes forward as the great purveyor of books of a special sort.

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