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gen·er·al / ˈjenərəl/ • adj. 1. affecting or concerning all or most people, places, or things; widespread: books of general interest. ∎  not specialized or limited in range of subject, application, activity, etc.: brush up on your general knowledge. ∎  (of a rule, principle, etc.) true for all or most cases. ∎  normal or usual: it is not general practice to confirm or deny such reports. 2. considering or including the main features or elements of something, and disregarding exceptions; overall: they fired in the general direction of the enemy a general introduction to the subject. 3. [often in titles] chief or principal: a general manager. • n. 1. a commander of an army, or an army officer of very high rank. ∎  an officer in the U.S. Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps ranking above lieutenant general. ∎  the head of a religious order organized on quasi-military lines, e.g., the Jesuits, the Dominicans, or the Salvation Army. 2. (the general) archaic the general public. PHRASES: as a general rule in most cases. in general 1. usually; mainly: in general, Alexander was a peaceful, loving man. 2. as a whole: our understanding of culture in general and of literature in particular.

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general applicable to all XIII; (mil.) of an officer having superior rank and extended command XVI; sb. †(esp. pl.) general idea, principle, etc.; head of a religious order; (mil.) orig. †general captain XVI. — (O)F. général — L. generālis pert. to the whole kind, f. gener-, GENUS; see -AL1.
So generality XV (†generalty XIV). generalize XVIII. — F. generalissimo supreme commander. XVII. — It., superl. adj. Hence generally XIII.

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general General Strike the strike of May 1926 in the UK, called by the Trades Union Congress in support of the mineworkers.
General Synod the highest governing body of the Church of England, an elected assembly of three houses (bishops, clergy, and laity).
General Thanksgiving a form of thanksgiving in the Book of Common Prayer or the Alternative Service Book.

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