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Webster 1913 Edition


Especially

Es-pe′cial-ly

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adv.
In an especial manner; chiefly; particularly; peculiarly; in an uncommon degree.

Webster 1828 Edition


Especially

ESPE'CIALLY

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adv.
Principally; chiefly; particularly; in an uncommon degree; in reference to one person or thing in particular.

Definition 2023


especially

especially

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especially (comparative more especially, superlative most especially)

  1. (manner) In a special manner; specially.
  2. (focus) Particularly; to a greater extent than is normal.
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, 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.
  3. (focus) Used to place greater emphasis upon someone or something.
    Invite them all, especially Molly.
    • 1915, Emerson Hough, The Purchase Price, chapterI:
      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.
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, 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.

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Most common English words before 1923: effect · wanted · probably · #561: especially · placed · desire · greater