General and Specific


General adjective - Relating to the main elements and not to specific details.
Usage example: a general course of study in American history

Specific is an antonym for general in topics: vague, special, common, comprehensive, inexact.


Specific adjective - Of a particular or exact sort.
Usage example: we need a specific type of pen to sign the diplomas

General is an antonym for specific in topics: particular, precise, common.

Both words in one sentence

  • Video Game / Terraria Similar to the Blizzard Staff, except that it has even higher damage, block-penetrating ability, and can be manipulated to hit a specific or general area of the screen.
  • Tropes about numbers, general or specific.
    Source: Number Tropes
  • The melody of the main theme from The Witcher can be heard in several other tracks, both event specific and general background music.
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