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Definition of General

General

  1. Relating to a genus or kind; pertaining to a whole class or order; as, a general law of animal or vegetable economy.
  2. Comprehending many species or individuals; not special or particular; including all particulars; as, a general inference or conclusion.
  3. Not restrained or limited to a precise import; not specific; vague; indefinite; lax in signification; as, a loose and general expression.
  4. Common to many, or the greatest number; widely spread; prevalent; extensive, though not universal; as, a general opinion; a general custom.
  5. Having a relation to all; common to the whole; as, Adam, our general sire.
  6. As a whole; in gross; for the most part.
  7. Usual; common, on most occasions; as, his general habit or method.
  8. The whole; the total; that which comprehends or relates to all, or the chief part; -- opposed to particular.
  9. One of the chief military officers of a government or country; the commander of an army, of a body of men not less than a brigade. In European armies, the highest military rank next below field marshal.
  10. The roll of the drum which calls the troops together; as, to beat the general.
  11. The chief of an order of monks, or of all the houses or congregations under the same rule.
  12. The public; the people; the vulgar.

General Quotations

My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.
Pablo Picasso

Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us. - Socrates
Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.
Socrates

Each victim of suicide gives his act a personal stamp which expresses his temperament, the special conditions in which he is involved, and which, consequently, cannot be explained by the social and general causes of the phenomenon.
Emile Durkheim

My general attitude to life is to enjoy every minute of every day. I never do anything with a feeling of, 'Oh God, I've got to do this today.'
Richard Branson

Hence that general is skilful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skilful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.
Sun Tzu
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General Translations

general in Afrikaans is generaal, algemeen
general in Dutch is generaal
general in Finnish is yleinen
general in German is Haupt-
general in Hungarian is megszokott
general in Italian is general
general in Latin is dux ducis, imperator, communis
general in Norwegian is general, alminnelig, generell
general in Portuguese is geral
general in Spanish is general, universal, generalizado
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