Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Bizarre quality.

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  • noun The state or measure of being bizarre.
  • noun A bizarre thing.

Etymologies

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From French bizarrerie.

Examples

  • And the queer part was, that Pickman got none of his power from the use of selectiveness or bizarrerie.

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  • Though it's possible to gain some of the benefits of bizarrerie with an umbrella, the true aspirant to affectation's highest lists will employ a device that is unserviceable, in fact ruined, in actual weather conditions.

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  • Other points of view opened in succession; now a full one, of the front of the old castle, and now a side glimpse at its particular towers; the former rich in all the bizarrerie of the Elizabethan school, while the simple arid solid strength of other parts of the building seemed to show that they had been raised more for defence than ostentation.

    The Tapestried Chamber

  • Other points of view opened in succession; now a full one, of the front of the old castle, and now a side glimpse at its particular towers; the former rich in all the bizarrerie of the Elizabethan school, while the simple arid solid strength of other parts of the building seemed to show that they had been raised more for defence than ostentation.

    The Tapestried Chamber

  • It confirms what the bizarrerie of Eight Legs itself implies, that Freud's extravagant realism is at root a near cousin to Surrealism.

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  • Or the star turn of Mildred Pierce (1945), or the unclassifiable bizarrerie of Johnny Guitar (1954), or her ravaged vulnerability in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

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  • Fancy, in this sense, falls a little short of oddity (bizarrerie) and caprice.

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  • It was a freak of fancy in my friend (for what else shall I call it?) to be enamored of the Night for her own sake; and into this bizarrerie, as into all his others, I quietly fell; giving myself up to his wild whims with a perfect abandon.

    The Murders in the Rue Morgue

  • But Azrael's bizarrerie was of an entirely different order.

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  • It was often the term applied to bizarrerie -- it was fashionable to draw naïvely, as it was called.

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  • "Though it's possible to gain some of the benefits of bizarrerie with an umbrella, the true aspirant to affectation's highest lists will employ a device that is unserviceable, in fact ruined, in actual weather conditions."--Jilly Gagnon

    July 10, 2015