Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In grammar, irregular in inflection. Hence Deviating from ordinary forms or rules; irregular; anomalous.
- n. In grammar, a word which is irregular or anomalous in declension or conjugation, or which deviates from the ordinary forms of inflection in words of a like kind. It is applied particularly to nouns having forms from different stems.
- n. A person or thing that deviates from the regular or proper form.
- adj. Deviating from the ordinary rule; eccentric, abnormal.
- adj. grammar Being irregularly declined or inflected.
- n. A person who is unconventional; a maverick
- n. grammar An irregularly declined or inflected word
- n. linguistics A word whose etymological roots come from distinct, different languages or language groups.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Deviating from ordinary forms or rules; irregular; anomalous; abnormal.
- n. (Gram.) A word which is irregular or anomalous either in declension or conjugation, or which deviates from ordinary forms of inflection in words of a like kind; especially, a noun which is irregular in declension.
- n. Any thing or person deviating from the common rule, or from common forms.
- From late Latin heteroclitus, from Ancient Greek ἑτερόκλιτος (heteróklitos), from ἕτερος (héteros, "other, another, different") + κλίνω (klínō, "lean, incline"), the latter from Proto-Indo-European *ḱley-. (Wiktionary)
“Nicolas Sarkozy, French to his fingertips despite his heteroclite background two parts Hungarian, one part Greek/Jewish and one part French/French, seems to have absorbed the first, but not the second, of the above two maxims.”
“Over the years Amis has learned how to notate a superbly comic speaking voice; getting it down on paper is comparable to a good composer's skill in scoring heteroclite sounds never before made by concert instruments.”
“That makes the in-color onlooker the heteroclite, and the urbane aesthetic cellist the metroclite.”
“These instances might with propriety be reckoned among singular or heteroclite instances, for in the whole extent of nature they are of rare and extraordinary occurrence.”
“Nor could I have dreamed the heteroclite crewmen I had met aboard Tzadkiel's ship, nor the jibers; and yet both had come from Briah, even as I; and Tzadkiel had not scrupled to take them into his service.”
“But even where he walked, amid a society intellectually fostering sentiment, in a land bowing to see the simplicity of the mystery paraded, Alvan's behaviour was passing heteroclite.”
“On the other hand, the heteroclite array of the dancers of the night before, torn from their slumbers, appeared in fantastic and ridiculous outline like the shades of a magic lantern; shawls, rugs, and even bed-quilts wrapped around them.”
“YOUR have here a kind of medley, a heterogeneous, ill-spelt, heteroclite, (worse) excentric sort of a-- a--; in short, it is a true Negroe calibash -- of ill-sorted, undigested chaotic matter.”
“Indeed, besides what we know of the influences and the results of heteroclite fecundations, we know positively to-day that a forced and long-sustained change, both in the habits and mode of life of animals, and in the situation, soil, and climate of plants, brings about, after a sufficient time has elapsed, a very remarkable change in the individuals which are exposed to them.”
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