particularism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n particularism a focus on something particular
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Beethoven who was a coffee lover, was so particular about his coffee that he always counted 60 beans each cup when he prepared his brew.
    • Particularism A minute description; a detailed statement.
    • Particularism (German Politics) Devotion to the interests of one's own kingdom or province rather than to those of the empire.
    • Particularism (Theol) The doctrine of particular election.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The word "mullet" describes a hairstyle worn, particularly in the southern USA, which is characterized by short hair on the top and sides, with very long hair in the back.
    • n particularism Attention or adherence to or exclusive interest in one's own special interests, party, or state; individual, partizan, or national exclusiveness. Specifically— In a federation, the doctrine or practice of leaving each state free to promote its peculiar interests (and to retain its own laws), as distinguished from those of the federation as a whole; especially, in recent German history, the policy of the states annexed to Prussia after the war of 1866 which wished to preserve their own laws, etc., or of the states under Prussian influence
    • n particularism Attention to particulars or details.
    • n particularism In theology, the doctrine that divine grace is provided only for the particular individuals chosen by God to be its recipients, as opposed to the doctrine that his grace is freely and equally offered to all upon condition of its acceptance in and by faith.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The more that is learned about the ecological benefits of bats, the more home gardeners are going out of their way to entice these amazing winged mammals into their neighborhoods. Bats are voracious insect eaters, devouring as many as 600 bugs per hour for 4 to 6 hours a night. They can eat from one-half to three-quarters their weight per evening. Bats are also important plant pollinators, particularly in the southwestern U.S.
    • ns Particularism attention to one's own interest or party: a particular or minute description: the doctrine that salvation is offered only to particular individuals, the elect, and not freely to the whole race on condition of faith
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Quotations

  • Groucho Marx
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    “Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “In Heaven an angel is nobody in particular.”
  • Edward M. Forster
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    “The only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves.”
  • William James
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    “We want all our friends to tell us our bad qualities; it is only the particular ass that does so whom we can't tolerate.”
  • Percy H. Johnson
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    “You are not likely to get anywhere in particular if you don't know where you want to go.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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    “It is easier to know men in general, than men in particular.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. particularisme,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. particula, dim. of pars, partis, a part.

Usage

In literature:

As Hadria was an ardent tennis-player, it struck her brethren as a particularly inappropriate form of nightmare.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
The date of this particular manuscript has been ascribed by M. Fetis to the ninth century.
"The Violin" by George Hart
Votka-drunkenness differs from the intoxication of other liquors in one particular.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
This is a hard job, particularly where it is impossible to scribe the end of the piece.
"Practical Mechanics for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
One thing that particularly struck the traveller straying in those parts was the poverty of all the minor towns and villages.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Molineux is particularly delighted with the song of Mopas, which is, therefore, subjoined to this narrative.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson
Has he done anything particular?
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
The Lord Molesworth was particularly vehement.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
We have too few originals left to be so very particular about trifles.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Since then, I have found it highly enjoyable watching them, where earlier I had no particular reaction.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
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In poetry:

T was a Turtle, of wealth,
Who went round with particular stealth,--
"Why," said he, "I'm afraid
Of being waylaid
When I even walk out for my health!"
"Billy's Alphabetical Animal Show" by James Whitcomb Riley
So picture this scene and take warning
Oh Father, stand up perpendicular
And Mother beware, for sailors don’t care
And soldiers are not too particular.
"Father Come Home" by Billy Bennett
The wind blows towards us particularly
the sobbing of our dear friends on both
coasts. We are sick of living and afraid
that death will not be by water, o sea.
"Ann Arbor Variations" by Frank O Hara
BUT now, cried Alice, favour me I pray,
And tell at once, without reserve, the way
That you obtained such wit as you possess,
And all particulars to me confess.
"The Progress Of Wit" by Jean de La Fontaine
That hurts me--more particularly as
'Tis said he has not so much taught the maid
His faith, as brought her up with the mere knowledge
Of what our reason teaches about God.
"Nathan The Wise - Act IV" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Let the world pass in its time-ridden race;
never get caught in its snare.
Remember, the only acceptable case
for being in any particular place
is having no business there.
"A Word to the Wise" by Piet Hein

In news:

To analyze (as an ore) for one or more specific components or to prove to be of a particular nature by means of analysis.
On the High Holidays, particularly (which start tonight), it's impossible.
The catalysts may particularly suit production of chiral alcohols in the pharmaceutical industry.
But Yosemite is by no means the only place to see waterfalls in California, particularly after a wet winter like we had this year.
With only 15 left of the 25 (we will keep one for our collection as well) this particular knife with the Dan-D stamp and finger groove design will be retired when completed.
It was an American story, and particularly an East Bay story, that took me and photojournalist Jane Tyska to the Himalayas this spring.
The FDA approved Bristol-Myers Squibb's cancer biologic Yervoy (ipilimumab) for the treatment of late-stage melanoma, a particularly deadly form of skin.
Leading medical groups are urging caution in the use of smallpox vaccine, particularly if no cases of the disease occur.
You can tell by the mostly sheepish grin that rolls across his face when he's asked about the particulars of his latest experiment.
Maybe not all endorsements are good ones, particularly when the facts are not accurate.
THE FIRST signs are in that it's going to be a particularly anxious season for high school seniors seeking admissions to the nation's most selective colleges.
The space inside the restaurant is not particularly cozy, yet people seem to enjoy lingering on the stools set along the counter and at a few high wooden two-tops.
We often hear about how much government regulation hurts business, and small business in particular.
It lands on the load side, Phase B A particular favorite is the " braiding " of the ground wire in order to terminate on the field installable ground kit.
The days are still sunny and pleasant, but the evenings just recently took on that particularly harsh chill that signals the true death of summer.
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In science:

As a result of this convention, we will not be specifying particular elements of Mod(S ) below, but rather cosets of I (S ), from which particular elements are easily extracted.
A homological recipe for pseudo-Anosovs
Thus, if this equation holds (and in particular, if the boundary conditions are such that Yη is actually finite at I ), then charges Hη will exist, and will be conserved, i.e., do not depend on the particular surface Σ chosen in the definition. A sufficient condition for R∂Σ Yη ↾I = 0 can be derived as follows.
Asymptotic generators of fermionic charges and boundary conditions preserving supersymmetry
Consider now perturbations δΦ in this expression which are compactly supported on the particular slice Σ, i.e., that vanish on the particular cut C = ∂Σ.
Asymptotic generators of fermionic charges and boundary conditions preserving supersymmetry
In particular, the effects of the dynamics of quantum gravity, and in particular, those due to nonlocal entanglements between our horizon patch and others, could modify the Friedmann equation and hence other cosmological observables and these modifications could be amenable to present or near future observations.
Cosmological Avatars of the Landscape II: CMB and LSS Signatures
As a particular case, the notion of algorithmic randomness for the particular hyperreal number system of Non-Standard Analysis is explicitly analyzed.
A new kind of numbers, the Non-Dedekindian Numbers, and the extension to them of the notion of algorithmic randomness
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