Synonyms for exceptional

Synonyms for (adjective) exceptional

Synonyms: especial, exceptional, special, particular

Definition: surpassing what is common or usual or expected

Usage: he paid especial attention to her; exceptional kindness; a matter of particular and unusual importance; a special occasion; a special reason to confide in her; what's so special about the year 2000?

Similar words: uncommon

Definition: not common or ordinarily encountered; unusually great in amount or remarkable in character or kind

Usage: uncommon birds; frost and floods are uncommon during these months; doing an uncommon amount of business; an uncommon liking for money; he owed his greatest debt to his mother's uncommon character and ability


Synonyms: exceptional

Definition: deviating widely from a norm of physical or mental ability; used especially of children below normal in intelligence

Usage: special educational provisions for exceptional children

Similar words: abnormal

Definition: departing from the normal in e.g. intelligence and development

Usage: they were heartbroken when they learned their child was abnormal; an abnormal personality


Synonyms: exceeding, exceptional, prodigious, surpassing, olympian

Definition: far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree

Usage: a night of exceeding darkness; an exceptional memory; olympian efforts to save the city from bankruptcy; the young Mozart's prodigious talents

Similar words: extraordinary

Definition: beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable

Usage: extraordinary authority; an extraordinary achievement; her extraordinary beauty; enjoyed extraordinary popularity; an extraordinary capacity for work; an extraordinary session of the legislature