The difference between General and Particular

When used as nouns, general means a general fact or proposition, whereas particular means a small individual part of something larger.

When used as adjectives, general means including or involving every part or member of a given or implied entity, whole etc, whereas particular means pertaining only to a part of something.

General is also verb with the meaning: to lead (soldiers) as a general.

check bellow for the other definitions of General and Particular

  1. General as an adjective:

    Including or involving every part or member of a given or implied entity, whole etc.; as opposed to or .

  2. General as an adjective (sometimes, _, postpositive):

    Applied to a person (as a postmodifier or a normal preceding adjective) to indicate supreme rank, in civil or military titles, and later in other terms; pre-eminent.

  3. General as an adjective:

    Prevalent or widespread among a given class or area; common, usual.

  4. General as an adjective:

    Not limited in use or application; applicable to the whole or every member of a class or category.

  5. General as an adjective:

    Giving or consisting of only the most important aspects of something, ignoring minor details; indefinite.

  6. General as an adjective:

    Not limited to a specific class; miscellaneous, concerned with all branches of a given subject or area.

  1. General as a noun (now, rare):

    A general fact or proposition; a generality.


    "We have dealt with the generals; now let us turn to the particulars."

  2. General as a noun (military ranks):

    The holder of a senior military title, originally designating the commander of an army and now a specific rank falling under field marshal (in the British army) and below general of the army or general of the air force in the US army and air forces.

  3. General as a noun:

    A great strategist or tactician.


    "Hannibal was one of the greatest [[generals]] of the ancient world."

  4. General as a noun (Christianity):

    The head of certain religious orders, especially Dominicans or Jesuits.

  5. General as a noun (nautical):

    A commander of naval forces; an admiral.

  6. General as a noun (colloquial, now, historical):

    A general servant; a maid with no specific duties.

  7. General as a noun:

    A general anesthetic; general anesthesia.

  8. General as a noun (insurance):

    The general insurance industry.


    "I work in general."

  1. General as a verb:

    to lead (soldiers) as a general

  1. Particular as an adjective (obsolete):

    Pertaining only to a part of something; partial.

  2. Particular as an adjective:

    Specific; discrete; concrete.


    "I couldn't find the particular model you asked for, but I hope this one will do."

    "We knew it was named after John Smith, but nobody knows which particular John Smith."

  3. Particular as an adjective:

    Specialised; characteristic of a specific person or thing.


    "I don't appreciate your particular brand of cynicism."

  4. Particular as an adjective (obsolete):

    Known only to an individual person or group; confidential.

  5. Particular as an adjective:

    Distinguished in some way; special (often in negative constructions).


    "My five favorite places are, in no particular order, New York, Chicago, Paris, San Francisco and London."

    "I didn't have any particular interest in the book."

    "He brought no particular news."

    "She was the particular belle of the party."

  6. Particular as an adjective (comparable):

    Of a person, concerned with, or attentive to, details; minute; precise; fastidious.


    "He is very particular about his food and if it isn't cooked to perfection he will send it back."

    "Women are more particular about their appearance."

  7. Particular as an adjective:

    Concerned with, or attentive to, details; minute; circumstantial; precise.


    "a full and particular account of an accident"

  8. Particular as an adjective (legal):

    Containing a part only; limited.


    "a particular estate, or one precedent to an estate in remainder"

  9. Particular as an adjective (legal):

    Holding a particular estate.


    "a particular tenant"

    "rfquotek Blackstone"

  10. Particular as an adjective (logic):

    Forming a part of a genus; relatively limited in extension; affirmed or denied of a part of a subject.


    "a particular proposition, opposed to "universal", e.g. (particular affirmative) "Some men are wise"; (particular negative) "Some men are not wise"."

  1. Particular as a noun:

    A small individual part of something larger; a detail, a point.

  2. Particular as a noun (obsolete):

    A person's own individual case.

  3. Particular as a noun (now, _, philosophy, chiefly in plural):

    A particular case; an individual thing as opposed to a whole class. (Opposed to , .)