Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or state of being peculiar.
  • n. A notable or distinctive feature or characteristic.
  • n. An eccentricity; an idiosyncrasy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality or state of being peculiar; individuality; singularity.
  • n. That which is peculiar; a special and distinctive characteristic or habit; particularity.
  • n. Exclusive possession or right.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being peculiar; individuality; singularity.
  • n. That which is peculiar; a special and distinctive characteristic or habit; particularity.
  • n. Exclusive possession or right.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Private ownership; proprietorship; prerogative.
  • n. That which is peculiar to or characteristic of a person or thing; a special characteristic or belonging.
  • n. The quality of being peculiar; individuality.
  • n. Synonyms Characteristic, idiosyncrasy, singularity.

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

  • n. an odd or unusual characteristic
  • n. something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting
  • n. a distinguishing trait

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Examples

  • Temperate men are not governed in their religious researches by the pride of peculiarity nor the influence of party views, and a faithful trial ought to have been made in order to convince of error before the charge of _pride of peculiarity_, or the influence of party views, could with propriety have been made.

    A Series of Letters in Defence of Divine Revelation

  • In that romantic history, the retreat of the Ten Thousand Greeks, this peculiarity is alluded to.

    Glimpses of Life and Manners in Persia

  • This peculiarity is not limited to the Philomycidae and Toxicodendron radicans.

    What do philomycid slugs and poison ivy have in common?

  • That peculiarity is their own; it is their mode of expression.

    CHAPTER 12

  • Its peculiarity is the likeness to a seaport the Desert which rolls up almost to its doors being the sea and its ships being the camels.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The peculiarity is also called water and grain, which gives rise to a host of double-entendres, puns, paronomasias and conceits more or less frigid.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • And today, in Provincetown, three hours away by car from Boston, these dollhouses, these inexpensive art galleries, these fishing shacks with painted clapboard façades gnawed by salt and snow — this typically middle-class seaside resort whose other peculiarity is to have become, over time, a gay town.

    In the Footsteps of Tocqueville (Part V)

  • A fundamental peculiarity is that the image elements do not influence each other while the image is being reconstructed.

    Physiology or Medicine 1979 - Press Release

  • There is, however, a certain peculiarity in the essence of beauty, a peculiarity in the status of art: namely, the convincingness of a true work of art is completely irrefutable and it forces even an opposing heart to surrender.

    Alexandr Solzhenitsyn - Nobel Lecture

  • The peculiarity is that the path found by Dr. Anderson showed the same deviation as the negative electrons, but in the opposite direction.

    Nobel Prize in Physics 1936 - Presentation Speech

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