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Speciality   /spˌɛʃiˈælɪti/   Listen

(pl. specialities)
An asset of special worth or utility.  Synonyms: forte, long suit, metier, specialty, strength, strong point, strong suit.
A distinguishing trait.  Synonyms: distinctiveness, peculiarity, specialness, specialty.
The special line of work you have adopted as your career.  Synonyms: specialisation, specialism, specialization, specialty.

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"Speciality" Quotes from Famous Books

... (importance) 642. principle, nature, constitution, character, type, quality, crasis[obs3], diathesis[obs3]. habit; temper, temperament; spirit, humor, grain; disposition. endowment, capacity; capability &c. (power) 157. moods, declensions, features, aspects; peculiarities &c. (speciality) 79; idiosyncrasy, oddity; idiocrasy &c. (tendency) 176[obs3]; diagnostics. V. be in the blood, run in the blood; be born so; be intrinsic &c. adj. Adj. derived from within, subjective; intrinsic, ...
— Roget's Thesaurus • Peter Mark Roget

... about, reserve your final judgement, because it is pretty certain that you won't be long in this trade until you find out I have not exaggerated one single incident, and that there are gentlemen cruising in these waters who claim a law unto themselves, and who make a speciality of brigandage and murder. I understand from Curly that many of them are educated and well-bred, and that it is the love of adventure that causes that section of them to take to the life. They are adepts at playing the double role of society person and murderous ...
— The Shellback's Progress - In the Nineteenth Century • Walter Runciman

... of the temperate zone—the stately deodar cedars, spruce fir, maples, walnut, sycamore, and birch; while in the valley itself grow poplars, willows, mulberries, and most beautiful of all, and a speciality of Kashmir, the magnificent chenar tree—akin to the plane tree of Europe, but larger, fuller, and richer ...
— The Heart of Nature - or, The Quest for Natural Beauty • Francis Younghusband

... nor horse, nor porpoise, nor monkey, nor man, can be distinguished by any essential feature one from the other; there is a time when they each and all of them resemble this one of the Dog. But as development advances, all the parts acquire their speciality, till at length you have the embryo converted into the form of the parent from which it started. So that you see, this living animal, this horse, begins its existence as a minute particle of nitrogenous matter, which, being supplied with nutriment ...
— Lectures and Essays • T.H. Huxley

... continue. He is fast relinquishing it, by the pursuit of evil courses—among them three of a special kind: wine, women, and play—which promise to make him bankrupt in purse, as they already have in character. For around San Francisco, as in it, he is known as roue and reveller, a debauchee in every speciality of debauch, and a silly fellow to boot. Naturally of weak intellect, and dissipation has made ...
— The Flag of Distress - A Story of the South Sea • Mayne Reid

... a poise of head and carriage of body which only perfect health and the most scientific physical training can produce. In a word, she was one of those miraculous developments of femininity which Nature seems to have made a speciality for the particular benefit of the younger branch of the Anglo-Saxon race. As for her dress—well, the shortest and best way to describe that is to say ...
— The Mummy and Miss Nitocris - A Phantasy of the Fourth Dimension • George Griffith

... broomstick was washing her hair at Number 100 Beautiful Way, Mitten Island. She was washing it behind the counter of her shop. She was the manageress of the only shop on Mitten Island. It was a general shop, but made a speciality of such goods as Happiness and Magic. Unfortunately Happiness is rather difficult to get in war-time. Sometimes there was quite a queue outside the shop when it opened, and sometimes there was a card outside, saying ...
— Living Alone • Stella Benson

Words linked to "Speciality" :   foible, mannerism, green thumb, individualism, green fingers, calling, idiosyncrasy, individuation, plus, career, weak point, individuality, vocation, asset, special

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