Definition of eccentricity in English:


nounPlural eccentricities

mass noun
  • 1The quality of being eccentric.

    ‘the eccentricity of his views’
    • ‘I don't know if this is endearing eccentricity or a form of bewildering madness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The preponderance of French names in those early pioneering days is perhaps not surprising, as eccentricity has always been a hallmark of the French.’
    • ‘Called the Painted Ladies, these colorful gingerbread houses have become emblems of the city's eccentricity and charm.’
    • ‘Her wilful eccentricity and sonic adventurism mapped out new territory for hip hop at the turn of the century.’
    • ‘Sometimes, too, their views may reflect individual eccentricity as much as universal truth.’
    • ‘From my first encounter with him, I found his eccentricity and charismatic flare to be attractive.’
    • ‘But today the idea of serial killing as a symptom of harmless eccentricity seems somewhat faded.’
    • ‘Put it down to a little mild eccentricity and leave it at that.’
    • ‘The characters are overly stiff, like Dan Clowes's work, but without Clowes's eccentricity and distinctiveness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He also vividly captures the exhilaration and the danger of wire-walking, and most of his main characters are completely convincing in their eccentricity.’
    • ‘The important thing here isn't eccentricity; it's quality, and that's where this disk scores big.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is visually sumptuous and I found its peculiar whimsy and eccentricity never less than thrilling.’
    • ‘But her trademark eccentricity, it seems, sells.’
    • ‘They combined traditional British eccentricity with traditional British enjoyment of a royal occasion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1usually eccentricitiescount noun An eccentric act or habit.
      ‘her eccentricities were amusing rather than irritating’
      • ‘I must admit, after reading his list, I'm almost inspired to cultivate a few eccentricities myself.’
      • ‘We had our own eccentricities, but they weren't of the five-figure kind.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Grandma adored her son, understood his genius, and believed that, once he received recognition, all his quirks and eccentricities would be forgiven.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm taking two history classes, and I love it because history students are great at cultivating eccentricities.’
      • ‘He was a keen fisherman and shot and a naturalist, and his harmless eccentricities caused much amusement.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They are born actors, able to furrow their brows in concentration and not think twice about how the neighbors might view this seeming eccentricity.’
      • ‘There is more diversity in Europe and, with that, a greater tolerance for any little foibles and eccentricities that a player may have.’
      • ‘When I knew him he was well into his eighties and actively cultivated the eccentricities of the very old.’
      • ‘Party membership, once only a rarity, is increasingly an oddity, or eccentricity.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is three pages long and goes into quite a lot of detail covering all of James' little eccentricities and foibles.’
      • ‘Surely a benign and forgiving God will allow me this foible, this eccentricity.’
      • ‘In person, the Libertines charm rather than irritate, because all their eccentricities and affectations are clearly so deeply felt.’
      • ‘The course of Mahler's development - despite all his personal eccentricities - contains a rational core.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      unconventionality, unorthodoxy, singularity, oddness, queerness, strangeness, weirdness, bizarreness, quirkiness, freakishness, extraordinariness
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  • 2technical Deviation of a curve or orbit from circularity.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Extent bias did not increase with target eccentricity for concentric movements.’
    • ‘The eccentricity of the planetary orbits is small.’
    • ‘Then, the extrasolar planets orbit much closer to their host stars and have a greater orbital eccentricity than the planets in our solar system.’
    1. 2.1count noun A measure of the extent of deviation from circularity.
      ‘Halley's Comet has an eccentricity of about 0.9675’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Note that these angular sizes were calculated using the average eccentricity of the lunar orbit.’
      • ‘Its orbit is the most nearly circular of that of any planet, with an eccentricity of less than 1 per cent.’