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n. pl. u·ni·ver·sal·i·ties
1. The quality, fact, or condition of being universal.
2. Universal inclusiveness in scope or range, especially great or unbounded versatility of the mind.
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the state or quality of being universal
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(ˌyu nə vərˈsæl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the character or state of being universal; existence or prevalence everywhere.
2. relation, extension, or applicability to all.
3. universal character or range of knowledge, interests, etc.
[1325–75; Middle English < Late Latin]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.universality - the quality of being universaluniversality - the quality of being universal; existing everywhere
generality - the quality of being general or widespread or having general applicability
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noun comprehensiveness, generalization, generality, totality, completeness, ubiquity, all-inclusiveness The vignettes have a universality that makes them irresistible.
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عُمومِيَّه، شُموليَّه
algildi; almenn útbreiîsla


[ˌjuːnɪvɜːˈsælɪtɪ] Nuniversalidad f
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nUniversalität f; (of person also)Vielseitigkeit f; (= prevalence also)allgemeine Verbreitung; (= general applicability)Allgemeingültigkeit f
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(ˈjuːnivəːs) noun
everything – earth, planets, sun, stars etc – that exists anywhere. Somewhere in the universe there must be another world like ours.
ˌuniˈversal adjective
affecting, including etc the whole of the world or all or most people. English may become a universal language that everyone can learn and use.
ˌuniˈversally adverb
ˌuniverˈsality (-ˈsӕ-) noun
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References in classic literature ?
As the supreme perfection and universality of the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey" cast into oblivion whatever pre-Homeric poets had essayed, so these same qualities exercised a paralysing influence over the successors of Homer.
By the universal, I mean how a person of a certain type will on occasion speak or act, according to the law of probability or necessity; and it is this universality at which poetry aims in the names she attaches to the personages.
I know that, to the common apprehension, this phenomenon of whiteness is not confessed to be the prime agent in exaggerating the terror of objects otherwise terrible; nor to the unimaginative mind is there aught of terror in those appearances whose awfulness to another mind almost solely consists in this one phenomenon, especially when exhibited under any form at all approaching to muteness or universality. What I mean by these two statements may perhaps be respectively elucidated by the following examples.
There is another point, besides lack of universality and necessity, which it is important to realize as regards causes in the above sense, and that is the lack of uniqueness.
Beyond this universality of the symbolic language, we are apprised of the divineness of this superior use of things, whereby the world is a temple whose walls are covered with emblems, pictures, and commandments of the Deity,--in this, that there is no fact in nature which does not carry the whole sense of nature; and the distinctions which we make in events and in affairs, of low and high, honest and base, disappear when nature is used as a symbol.
Dante's praise is that he dared to write his autobiography in colossal cipher, or into universality. We have yet had no genius in America, with tyrannous eye, which knew the value of our incomparable materials, and saw, in the barbarism and materialism of the times, another carnival of the same gods whose picture he so much admires in Homer; then in the Middle Age; then in Calvinism.
I was inquired about; my former pupils' parents, gathering the reports of their children, heard me spoken of as talented, and they echoed the word: the sound, bandied about at random, came at last to ears which, but for its universality, it might never have reached; and at the very crisis when I had tried my last effort and knew not what to do, Fortune looked in at me one morning, as I sat in drear and almost desperate deliberation on my bedstead, nodded with the familiarity of an old acquaintance --though God knows I had never met her before--and threw a prize into my lap.
It seemed strange, it was even terrible, when you came to find out the universality of the sentiment; but it was certainly the fact--they hated their work.
TUNIS (TAP) - Tunisian associations called, Saturday in Tunis, for enshrining in the new Constitution respect for human rights in "their universality and comprehensiveness," abolishing death penalty and criminalising torture.
The long distance swimmer was given a ' universality place' as he was way behind the 1,500m OST of 15 minutes 43.74sec.
In a sense, both thinkers (who have rejected the kind of universals that are totalizing and gobble up the many in the illusionary universal one) conceive of a new type of universality, one that can hardly be imagined but whose lure takes one to an open, cosmopolitan space beyond the Eurocentricism of the grand stories of modernity (Lyotard), or to the other side of the self-referential definitions obtained by a phenomenological analysis of presence to oneself (Derrida).
As a step towards remedying this gap in the literature, we test the effects of an education program based on the universality thesis.