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universal

[yo̅o̅′nivur′səl]
Etymology: L, universus, whole world
occurring everywhere and in all things.

universal

(ū″nĭ-vĕr′săl) [L. universalis, combined into one]
Applicable to or commonly found in every condition, situation, or member of a population.
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But the universal historian Gervinus, refuting this opinion of the specialist historian, tries to prove that the campaign of 1813 and the restoration of the Bourbons were due to other things beside Alexander's will- such as the activity of Stein, Metternich, Madame de Stael, Talleyrand, Fichte Chateaubriand, and others.
And in the same way the universal historians sometimes, when it pleases them and fits in with their theory, say that power is the result of events, and sometimes, when they want to prove something else, say that power produces events.
A third class of historians- the so-called historians of culture- following the path laid down by the universal historians who sometimes accept writers and ladies as forces producing events- again take that force to be something quite different.
The historians of culture are quite consistent in regard to their progenitors, the writers of universal histories, for if historical events may be explained by the fact that certain persons treated one another in such and such ways, why not explain them by the fact that such and such people wrote such and such books?
But even admitting as correct all the cunningly devised arguments with which these histories are filled- admitting that nations are governed by some undefined force called an idea- history's essential question still remains unanswered, and to the former power of monarchs and to the influence of advisers and other people introduced by the universal historians, another, newer force- the idea- is added, the connection of which with the masses needs explanation.
Finally, looking to all the ascertained facts on the intercrossing of plants and animals, it may be concluded that some degree of sterility, both in first crosses and in hybrids, is an extremely general result; but that it cannot, under our present state of knowledge, be considered as absolutely universal.
The beautiful fables of the Greeks, being proper creations of the imagination and not of the fancy, are universal verities.
The universal nature, too strong for the petty nature of the bard, sits on his neck and writes through his hand; so that when he seems to vent a mere caprice and wild romance, the issue is an exact allegory.
At a news conference held at NBC's Studio 8H in New York, upbeat executives touted everything from last week's stellar ratings for the finale of NBC's ``Friends,'' to the box-office grosses of Universal Pictures' ``Van Helsing,'' to improved theme-park attendance.
These days, Gamble, 59, is also known as founder and chairman of the nonprofit Universal Cos.
Today's activity is due to speculation about possible changes at Universal,'' said analyst Harold Vogel of Cowan & Co.

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