Definition of particularity in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəˌtɪkjʊˈlarɪti/

noun (plural particularities)

[mass noun]
1The quality of being individual: the central figures of his novels are stripped of their particularity the quality of the grapes is as significant as the particularity of the soil
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  • In other words, what we see is not self-evident equality, but human particularity and human individuality.
  • In this sense, the sick person's body is heightened in its individual yet totalized particularity on the primal grounds of the cosmic body, the absolute container.
  • So to be able to concentrate on a single object and to describe it in all of its individual particularity seemed to them a Herculean feat.
individuality, distinctiveness, uniqueness, singularity, originality, peculiarity
1.1Fullness or minuteness of detail in the treatment of something: parties must present their case with some degree of accuracy and particularity
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  • A living will also allows a person to state with particularity the forms of treatment which are wanted and not wanted.
  • In its attention to detail, particularity and relations, Confucianism comes close to the same result.
  • Even in its neglected state, in the darkness of the cafe, the mural was wonderful in its life, its rich abundance of detail, the loving particularity of the painter's eye, and its unashamed quality of telling a story.
1.2 (particularities) Small details: the tedious particularities of daily life
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  • Today we tend to see details and particularities that are not enriched by broad understanding and deep feeling.
  • They demonstrate how such material can be presented in the context of a broader perspective or set of themes without sacrificing the character and particularities of the specific case.
  • By having a person teach you and guide you in your learning, he or she can address the particularities of your situation and understanding.
2 Christian Theology The doctrine of God’s incarnation as Jesus as a particular person at a particular time and place.
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  • The scandal of Christian theology, of Jesus' particularity, Keck argues, must be considered in view of Jesus' Jewishness.
  • Unfortunately many Christians have presumed that God's particularity in Jesus Christ is some kind of proof of divine partiality for Christian faithfulness.
  • But a related reason has been the focus on the historical particularity of Jesus: Jesus the Aramaic-speaking, Jewish male of the first century.


Early 16th century (as particularities 'details'): from Old French particularite or late Latin particularitas, from Latin particularis 'concerning a small part'.

Words that rhyme with particularity

angularity, barbarity, bipolarity, charity, circularity, clarity, complementarity, familiarity, granularity, hilarity, insularity, irregularity, jocularity, linearity, parity, peculiarity, polarity, popularity, regularity, secularity, similarity, singularity, solidarity, subsidiarity, unitarity, vernacularity, vulgarity

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