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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PERSONAL

He had no right in his high capacity to indulge a personal affection.

But, speakin' personal, this trail looks more and more interestin' to me.

Agony by agony, something is gained, and my personal agony counts with the rest.

I don't like to be personal though, so we'll change the subject.

Demonstration must be personal before we can make anything our own.

The girl held herself rigidly from any personal intimacy with her fellows.

Shakespeare's personal feeling dominates and inspires the whole play.

He took up a point as remote as might be from the personal appeal.

But his death should not be regarded as an act of personal, revenge.

Stevie did not seem to derive any personal gratification from what he had done.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "pertaining to the self," from Old French personal (12c., Modern French personnel), from Late Latin personalis "pertaining to a person," from Latin persona (see person). Meaning "aimed at some particular person" (usually in a hostile manner) first attested 1610s. The noun sense of "newspaper item about private matters" is attested from 1888. As "a classified ad addressed to an individual," it is recorded from 1861. Personal computer is from 1976.

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