Definition of peculiarity in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəˌkyo͞olēˈerədē/

noun (plural peculiarities)

1An odd or unusual feature or habit: for all his peculiarities, she finds his personality quite endearing
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  • In the meantime he acquired strange peculiarities of habits.
  • Look carefully at the contorted face in front of you and pick a peculiarity, say an unusual muscle twitch, poor dentition, bad skin, etc.
  • Over the past year, I've learned that inside all subcultures there exists a fascinating world fraught with peculiarities, dangers and strange rituals.
1.1A characteristic or quality that is distinctive of a particular person or place: his essays characterized decency as a British peculiarity
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  • It's likely to be a peculiarity of my own character but I've found it a pretty symbiotic combination, with each side supporting the other.
  • Many of these terms have been created to distinguish locality, others as a direct comment on the character or peculiarities of the Welsh.
  • It's a peculiarity of my nature that I often like to take less than the perfect tool and see what I can do with it.
1.2The quality or state of being peculiar: the peculiarity of their upbringing
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  • There was some peculiarity to the kick, though, as Hartson later intimated that his illustrious partner Henrik Larsson, Celtic's usual penalty taker, had been reluctant to become involved.
  • I just kind of conjured them up out of my subconscious and put them in order of ascending peculiarity.
  • Why does the Supreme Court persist in this peculiarity?

Words that rhyme with peculiarity

angularity, barbarity, bipolarity, charity, circularity, clarity, complementarity, familiarity, granularity, hilarity, insularity, irregularity, jocularity, linearity, parity, particularity, polarity, popularity, regularity, secularity, similarity, singularity, solidarity, subsidiarity, unitarity, vernacularity, vulgarity

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Syllabification: pe·cu·li·ar·i·ty

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