General and Private


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General adjective – Held by or applicable to a majority of the people.
Usage example: the general mood of the nation was one of hope and optimism

Private is an antonym for general in topics: widespread, special, common.
Nearby Words: generate, generally, generation, generalization, generic
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Private adjective – Not known or meant to be known by the general populace.
Usage example: that he is planning to retire is private information until he makes a public announcement

General is an antonym for private in topics: exclusive, public.
Nearby Words: privation, privately, privacy, privative, privateer
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public general public private public
series general series private series
army general army private army

Both words in one sentence

  • Her close associates knew about her orientation, but she kept her personal life intensely private and the general public had no clue.
  • General Malaise in Ozzy and Drix has no physical prowess by himself, but instead attacks immune systems en masse with his private army of Red Shirts.
  • Though this is not technically a field promotion, Nathaniel Green was promoted from private directly to the rank of general (GENERAL) during the Revolutionary War.
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Private or General. 2016. Accessed January 22, 2021.

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