noun (plural idiosyncrasies)(usually idiosyncrasies)
- 1A mode of behavior or way of thought peculiar to an individual: one of his little idiosyncrasies was always preferring to be in the car firstMore example sentences
- And, of course, every person who engages in these behaviors has their own unique idiosyncrasies of personality and behavior and history that contribute to why they did it.
- Because, despite all of the wallowing and hating I do, despite all my idiosyncrasies and neurotic behavior, my husband loves me.
- Any event like a wedding always has the little idiosyncrasies associated with family.
- 1.1A distinctive or peculiar feature or characteristic of a place or thing: the idiosyncrasies of the prison systemMore example sentences
- An hour of his pieces for wind instruments is extremely rewarding, for he handles their characteristic timbres, idiosyncrasies and eccentricities most attractively.
- Each platform has its unique features and idiosyncrasies.
- It is a deft sketch of significant features, images, and idiosyncrasies of time and place, but, like the characters that people it, is never a fully-fledged portrait.
- 1.2 Medicine An abnormal physical reaction by an individual to a food or drug.More example sentences
- It was now also an allergic idiosyncrasy in which people became sensitized to inhaled, ingested, or absorbed ‘asthmogenic’ agents.
- They suggested that allergy and food idiosyncrasy may coexist.
- The title is ‘The diagnosis of aspirin idiosyncrasy by analgesic challenge’.
early 17th century (originally in the sense 'physical constitution peculiar to an individual'): from Greek idiosunkrasia, from idios 'own, private' + sun 'with' + krasis 'mixture'.