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idiosyncratic

Line breaks: idio|syn¦crat¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˌɪdɪə(ʊ)sɪŋˈkratɪk
 
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Definition of idiosyncratic in English:

adjective

Relating to idiosyncrasy; peculiar or individual: she emerged as one of the great, idiosyncratic talents of the nineties
More example sentences
  • Always an idiosyncratic individualist, he seems to have introduced his own pronunciations for the names of players.
  • It is idiosyncratic to the individual carer, staff member, or nursing home.
  • It remains to be seen whether Irish television can prove a sympathetic home for more idiosyncratic talents than that.
Synonyms
distinctive, individual, characteristic, distinct, distinguishing, peculiar, individualistic, different, typical, special, specific, representative, unique, personal, private, essential;
rare singular

Origin

late 18th century: from idiosyncrasy, on the pattern of Greek sunkratikos 'mixed together'.

Derivatives

idiosyncratically

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • While there are several fine left-of-center sites, the blogosphere currently tilts right, albeit idiosyncratically, reflecting the hard-to-pigeonhole politics of some leading bloggers.
  • All that we have to show for nearly six decades of post-colonial art is a single monumental conspectus: an indispensable, if idiosyncratically argued, overview of art in India from the 1890s to the 1990s.
  • At a time when most bookstores have enough floor space to sell station wagons or livestock, Query Books is one of the pleasant anomalies - a smartly and idiosyncratically stocked shop with more character than square footage.

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