Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Applying to or including everything: an all-embracing definition of art.

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  • adj. having a broad scope so as to have universal application

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. broad in scope or content.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. broad in scope or content

Etymologies

all + embracing (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Indeed, before entering the first of two main spaces devoted to the exhibit, you encounter five 1968 lithographs inspired by the poet Pablo Neruda's epic work, "Canto General," an all-embracing distillation of Latin American history, geography and culture.

    Siqueiros in Unfamiliar Terrain

  • The critics were generally positive about the movie, though many felt it piled on so many conspiracy theories and proved so all-embracing in its denouncement of the ways of politics and environmental regulation that viewers might get overwhelmed with details or lost in an explosion of exposes.

    Michael Giltz: Cannes 2011: Lars Von Trier Apologizes and Other Political Scandals

  • The images of his apocalyptic dream life and waking nightmares are mesmerizing, and eventually all-embracing, as the boundaries between reality and dementia blur in what amounts to a psychological thriller.

    '50/50': Cheerful Illness Tale, With Relapses

  • I am a Catholic, and albeit in my adulthood I've come to realize that my religion is not as all-embracing, compassionate, and christian as we sermonize from the pulpit, I can identify with the solace gained from quiet moments of prayer in an empty church.

    Ted Kennedy called a man of quiet faith

  • A rather lukewarm description by American standards, but if you really go into a discussion with many Danes I am quite sure most will step away from both outright atheism and all-embracing religion, saying something like "Well, I am sure there is something more but ..."

    Dark Tales : The Lovecraft News Network

  • By means of his all-embracing love and mercy, God tends to the welfare of the universe, including the posthumous realms.

    William C. Chittick, Ph.D.: The Islamic Notion of Beauty

  • For this, we need something absolutely necessary that consequently has all-embracing reality.

    Matthew Yglesias » Time to Play This Video Again I Guess

  • My totality of thought was precipitated to consciousness in a single all-embracing flash.

    THE PRINCESS

  • But the dividing wall between the two conditions is curiously permeable, as they often are between other categories of mental illness; they are in fact loose and all-embracing.

    Henry’s Demons

  • The introduction of an all-embracing licensing system is something they would probably wear if it was simply a case of underlining the FA's backstop – but ultimately ceremonial – powers.

    D-day for English football: time to unveil your blueprint for change | Owen Gibson

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