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There was no especial change in the girl's voice as she answered his defense.

His affection for Cassius is not a virtue to one in especial.

I had hoped that no man would think of my especial kitchen plans.

He had an especial dislike of learned and "dictionary words."

To talk to you of the harbor, of course—that's her especial line these days.

The washing is done in a vat, kept for that especial purpose.

I had heard a rumour that there was that especial failing, but I had hoped it wasn't true.

Ragusa is of especial interest on account of its remarkable history.

Henry Moore of all others was the object of her especial regard.

Is not the separation and release of the soul from the body their especial study?

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., from Old French especial "pre-eminent, important," from Latin specialis "belonging to a particular kind or species," from species "kind" (see species).

Latin words with initial sp-, st-, sc- usually acquired an e- when borrowed by Old French. Modern French has restored the word to spécial. Originally with the same sense as special, later restricted to feelings, qualities, etc.

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