General and Special


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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

Special is an antonym for general in topics: ordinary, universal.
Nearby Words: generate, generally, generation, generalization, generic
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Special adjective – Of a particular or exact sort.
Usage example: you'll need special permission from the fire department to do that

General is an antonym for special in topics: specific, distinguished.
Nearby Words: specialty, speciality, specialist, specially, specialization
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ability general ability special ability
character general character special character
note general note special note
appearance general appearance special appearance
Other nouns: area, type, effect, case, way, rule, rules.

Both words in one sentence

  • It's actually even worse than it sounds, since at that precision it has to account for both general and special relativity as well due to the satellites traveling at a much higher speed relative to you.
  • Everyone Has A Special Move Whether or not said special move has any effectiveness is completely dependent upon the needs of the story and the character's general role in it.
  • Video Game / Sonic Battle Breaker: In general, killing an opponent with one special will have them put that special type on guard.
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