Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GENERAL

At present it was dark and weather-beaten, and in a general state of neglect.

He acquired a general knowledge of the ebb and flow of popular stocks.

These laws are general and their administration should be uniform and equal.

The general probability of his statements could not, unfortunately be gainsaid.

Sunday comes, and brings with it a day of general gloom and austerity.

Vienna has had her share in the general improvement of the Continent.

The steam-boats on the Rhine are in general of a good description.

It seems evident that I am given up to my brother and her, by general consent.

I will acquaint you with what passed at the general leave given me to be your guest.

On the 12th July, General Sumter commenced his brilliant career.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "comprehensive, inclusive, full," from Latin generalis "relating to all, of a whole class" (contrasted with specialis), from genus (genitive generis) "stock, kind" (see genus). General store attested by 1810, American English; a general hospital (1737) is one not restricted to one class of persons or type of disease.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR GENERAL

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.