especial

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English especial, via Old French especial, from Latin specialis, from species (appearance, form, beauty), from specere (to look). Doublet of special. Related to species.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɛsˈpɛʃəl/
  • Rhymes: -ɛʃəl
  • Hyphenation: es‧pe‧cial

AdjectiveEdit

especial (comparative more especial, superlative most especial)

  1. Exceptional in importance or significance; special.
    Pay especial attention to chapter five.
    an especial hatred of cats
    • 1941 July, “The Why and the Wherefore: Inner and Outer Distant Signals”, in Railway Magazine, page 336:
      [...] this is of especial value in foggy weather.
    • 2018, James Lambert, “A multitude of ‘lishes’: The nomenclature of hybridity”, in English World-Wide[1], page 5:
      Starting from this base list, a number of databases were systematically searched for terms, with especial effort taken to discover the earliest attestation possible[.]
  2. Particular.
    acting with no especial goal
    • 1837, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Ethel Churchill, volume 2, page 270:
      Only one modern picture was admitted, and that was a likeness of Constance, painted under her father's especial instructions.

Usage notesEdit

especial is far less common than special

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CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin speciālis.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

especial (masculine and feminine plural especials)

  1. special

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OccitanEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin speciālis.

PronunciationEdit

  • (file)

AdjectiveEdit

especial m (feminine singular especiala, masculine plural especials, feminine plural especialas)

  1. special

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Old FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin speciālis.

AdjectiveEdit

especial m (oblique and nominative feminine singular especiale)

  1. special
  2. powerful; mighty

DeclensionEdit


PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin speciālis.

PronunciationEdit

 

  • Hyphenation: es‧pe‧ci‧al
  • Rhymes: -al, -aw

AdjectiveEdit

especial m or f (plural especiais, comparable)

  1. special
  2. (euphemistic) disabled (having some physical disability)

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NounEdit

especial m (plural especiais)

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SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin speciālis.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): (Spain) /espeˈθjal/, [es.peˈθjal]
  • IPA(key): (Latin America) /espeˈsjal/, [es.peˈsjal]
  • (file)

AdjectiveEdit

especial (plural especiales)

  1. special (distinguished by a unique quality)
  2. special (of particular interest or value)

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NounEdit

especial m (plural especiales)

  1. (television) special

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