Definition of eccentricity in English:



  • 1The quality of being eccentric.

    ‘the eccentricity of his views’
    • ‘But today the idea of serial killing as a symptom of harmless eccentricity seems somewhat faded.’
    • ‘The characters are overly stiff, like Dan Clowes's work, but without Clowes's eccentricity and distinctiveness.’
    • ‘It is visually sumptuous and I found its peculiar whimsy and eccentricity never less than thrilling.’
    • ‘Put it down to a little mild eccentricity and leave it at that.’
    • ‘The important thing here isn't eccentricity; it's quality, and that's where this disk scores big.’
    • ‘They combined traditional British eccentricity with traditional British enjoyment of a royal occasion.’
    • ‘But her trademark eccentricity, it seems, sells.’
    • ‘McEwan is younger and more energetic than the previous Marple, Joan Hickson, and this is a good thing: the character's eccentricity can be played more effectively.’
    • ‘Her wilful eccentricity and sonic adventurism mapped out new territory for hip hop at the turn of the century.’
    • ‘His response, to stuff a large lump of it in his pocket, is both hilarious and economically illustrative of his eccentricity and avoidance of conflict, an important feature of his subsequent behaviour.’
    • ‘What may seem to prejudice a reader's full and appreciative view of her as a key figure amongst Dickens's women characters is her determined eccentricity.’
    • ‘It's not entirely accurate - the book is a bit darker than that, but there is a fair bit of lovable eccentricity to the characters.’
    • ‘The preponderance of French names in those early pioneering days is perhaps not surprising, as eccentricity has always been a hallmark of the French.’
    • ‘Sometimes, too, their views may reflect individual eccentricity as much as universal truth.’
    • ‘I don't know if this is endearing eccentricity or a form of bewildering madness.’
    • ‘From my first encounter with him, I found his eccentricity and charismatic flare to be attractive.’
    • ‘It only lasts a brisk 80 minutes, but by the time it has clocked up an hour there is a sense of overkill, that the eyes can only soak up so much humour and eccentricity before fatigue creeps in.’
    • ‘They remain a rare treat, and are much recommended to anyone with an affection for the crime-fiction genre or for English eccentricity and humour.’
    • ‘Called the Painted Ladies, these colorful gingerbread houses have become emblems of the city's eccentricity and charm.’
    • ‘He also vividly captures the exhilaration and the danger of wire-walking, and most of his main characters are completely convincing in their eccentricity.’
    1. 1.1[count noun]An eccentric act or habit.
      ‘her eccentricities were amusing rather than irritating’
      • ‘In person, the Libertines charm rather than irritate, because all their eccentricities and affectations are clearly so deeply felt.’
      • ‘It is three pages long and goes into quite a lot of detail covering all of James' little eccentricities and foibles.’
      • ‘Grandma adored her son, understood his genius, and believed that, once he received recognition, all his quirks and eccentricities would be forgiven.’
      • ‘When I knew him he was well into his eighties and actively cultivated the eccentricities of the very old.’
      • ‘They are born actors, able to furrow their brows in concentration and not think twice about how the neighbors might view this seeming eccentricity.’
      • ‘Even though we know that eventually we'll be moving on, inevitably we settle into the life of a community, we make friends, we get used to people and they get used to us - our eccentricities, our idiosyncrasies.’
      • ‘We had our own eccentricities, but they weren't of the five-figure kind.’
      • ‘It discovered Americans find Britain easy to get to, the French see us as relaxed and the Germans are attracted by our eccentricities and sense of humour.’
      • ‘Surely a benign and forgiving God will allow me this foible, this eccentricity.’
      • ‘With his flair and instinct for comedy, he became famous in the ‘screwball comedy’ genre, which was all about the foibles and eccentricities of people.’
      • ‘There is more diversity in Europe and, with that, a greater tolerance for any little foibles and eccentricities that a player may have.’
      • ‘I'm taking two history classes, and I love it because history students are great at cultivating eccentricities.’
      • ‘I think one reason that I find it so acceptable for him to assert his superiority and that I find his eccentricities amusing is that I am his boss.’
      • ‘By all accounts the author cut a strange figure and chose to dramatize rather than suppress his eccentricities.’
      • ‘People should I think try to laugh at their own eccentricities sometimes.’
      • ‘The course of Mahler's development - despite all his personal eccentricities - contains a rational core.’
      • ‘He was a keen fisherman and shot and a naturalist, and his harmless eccentricities caused much amusement.’
      • ‘I must admit, after reading his list, I'm almost inspired to cultivate a few eccentricities myself.’
      • ‘Party membership, once only a rarity, is increasingly an oddity, or eccentricity.’
      • ‘The London Daily Telegraph pioneered some years ago a franker approach to obituary writing in which journalists were prepared to write about the failings and eccentricities, as well as the virtues, of their subjects.’
      unconventionality, unorthodoxy, singularity, oddness, queerness, strangeness, weirdness, bizarreness, quirkiness, freakishness, extraordinariness
      peculiarity, irregularity, abnormality, anomaly, foible, idiosyncrasy, caprice, whimsy, quirk
      nuttiness, dottiness, screwiness, freakiness, wackiness, crankiness, zaniness
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  • 2technical Deviation of a curve or orbit from circularity.

    • ‘Extent bias did not increase with target eccentricity for concentric movements.’
    • ‘Then, the extrasolar planets orbit much closer to their host stars and have a greater orbital eccentricity than the planets in our solar system.’
    • ‘Pluto, which has the greatest orbital eccentricity of any of the Solar System planets, was during those years at perihelion and actually closer than Neptune to the Sun.’
    • ‘Because of the eccentricity of Mercury's orbit, the variation in the proper motion of the Sun would be noticeable to an observer on the planet.’
    • ‘The eccentricity of the planetary orbits is small.’
    1. 2.1[count noun]A measure of the extent of deviation from circularity.
      ‘Halley's Comet has an eccentricity of about 0.9675’
      • ‘Note that these angular sizes were calculated using the average eccentricity of the lunar orbit.’
      • ‘He was also able to give greatly improved data for the orbit of Venus, finding better values for the radius of the orbit, its eccentricity and inclination to the ecliptic.’
      • ‘Its orbit is the most nearly circular of that of any planet, with an eccentricity of less than 1 per cent.’