Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Peculiar to a specific individual; eccentric.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of peculiar temper or disposition; belonging to one's peculiar and individual character.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating or pertaining to idiosyncrasy; of or arising from individual disposition or susceptibility: as, idiosyncratic sympathy.

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

  • adj. peculiar to the individual

Etymologies

From idiosyncrasy (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Of course, that comes with certain idiosyncratic positions — not so good on gay rights, very good on the right to kill foxes for fun.

    Matthew Yglesias » Institutions Matter

  • I refer to Shopsin's, the ultimate in idiosyncratic cuisine, now located for your madcap pleasure in the Essex Street Market.

    Avery Corman: New York Hero Sandwiches: Not Always Heroic

  • Empathy here has been reframed as emotion that is "idiosyncratic" -- personal -- a danger to reason.

    George Lakoff: Empathy, Sotomayor, and Democracy: The Conservative Stealth Strategy

  • "Or take the case of Michael Graves's multiple proposals for an addition to Breuer's Whitney Museum," Mr. Semes continues, referring to the idiosyncratic 1966 structure on Madison Avenue.

    The Bias Against Tradition

  • Just take a look at some of Palin's infamous "word salads" -- as my friends in Alaska call her idiosyncratic manner of slinging phrases together -- and it becomes all too clear.

    Geoffrey Dunn: Palin No Longer Writing Her Own Script

  • I hope Burger King in Hungary do not produce any more of their so called idiosyncratic posters demeaning Scotland...

    To be a Scotsman

  • The second risk is called idiosyncratic, or specific stock risk.

    CNN.com

  • Its trio of heroines are cute, with an active, aggressive edge that sets them apart from their vapid moe counterparts, and the Witches 'Realm has a whimsical, fairy-tale design that recalls the idiosyncratic visions of animators like Terry Gilliam and Tim Burton more than the standardized cotton-candy fluff of Petite Princess Yucie or

    Anime News Network

  • The one single truth from this welter of protestations is this: I am basically a maverick, with views that can only be described as idiosyncratic, leading a life of intense creative and mental activity that is sometimes at odds with mainstream thinking.

    SARA - Southeast Asian RSS Aggregator

  • If it nevertheless comes off as "idiosyncratic," so be it.

    Book Reviewing

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