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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

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

Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.
Thomas Jefferson

Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter.
Winston Churchill

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

History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.
Thomas Jefferson
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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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