Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or quality of being peculiar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being peculiar; peculiarity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being peculiar; peculiarity.—2. The state of being set apart; appropriateness.

Etymologies

From peculiar +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Probably no more important ideal has influenced the peculiarness of our society more than the truism that comes from the Declaration of Independence:

    Why are only queer rights on the chopping block?

  • Well, I suppose the penguin is a pretty peculiar kind of creature when you think about it, but it's quite a robust kind of peculiarness, and the bird is perfectly well adapted to the world in which it finds itself, in a way that the kakapo is not.

    Last Chance to See

  • One of the many many reasons why people thought him insane was because of the peculiarity of his house which, even in a land where most people's houses were peculiar in one way or another, was quite extreme in his peculiarness.

    So long, and thanks for all the fish

  • The Jewish polity is only abrogated in regard of what was in it of particular right, not of common right: so far as there was in their laws either a typicalness proper to their church, or a peculiarness of respect to their state in that land of promise given unto them.

    The Divine Right of Church Government by Sundry Ministers Of Christ Within The City Of London

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