- IPA(key): /ɪˈspɛʃ.(ə.)li/, /əˈspɛʃ.(ə.)li/, /ɛsˈpɛʃ.(ə.)li/
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- (nonstandard, proscribed) IPA(key): /ɛkˈspɛʃ.(ə.)li/
- (manner) In a special manner; specially.
- He got up early especially.
- (focus) Particularly; to a greater extent than is normal.
- 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page viii:
- There is now such an immense "microliterature" on hepatics that, beyond a certain point I have given up trying to integrate (and evaluate) every minor paper published—especially narrowly floristic papers.
- (focus) Used to place greater emphasis upon someone or something.
- Invite them all, especially Molly.
- 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314:
- Captain Edward Carlisle […] felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, […]; he could not tell what this prisoner might do. He cursed the fate which had assigned such a duty, cursed especially that fate which forced a gallant soldier to meet so superb a woman as this under handicap so hard.
- (special manner):
- (particularly): in particular; see also Thesaurus:specifically
- (emphasis): first and foremost; see also Thesaurus:above all
in a special manner
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