special; exceptional; outstanding: of no especial importance; an especial friend.
of a particular kind, or peculiar to a particular one; particular: your especial case.
- es·pe·cial·ness, noun
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How to use especial in a sentence
It's like those cases where conservatives approve of "our" blacks and Latinos with an especial zeal.
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Alford speaks of this as remarkable; but vision is the especial promise of Wisdom, therefore of Solomon, son of David.Solomon and Solomonic Literature | Moncure Daniel Conway
Augustus Theodore swings on a chair before the fire, which he keeps at work for his own especial consolation.
I write to you as a friend, and by Mariamne's especial order, to take care of yourself.
Books of impassioned poetry, and descriptions of heroic character and achievements, were her especial delight.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
Your friends will, unless there is some especial reason for a call in the interval, pay their visit upon the day named.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
British Dictionary definitions for especial
unusual; notable; exceptional: he paid especial attention to her that evening
applying to one person or thing in particular; not general; specific; peculiar: he had an especial dislike of relatives
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