Definition of peculiarity in English:



  • 1A strange or unusual feature or habit.

    ‘for all his peculiarities, she finds him quite endearing’
    • ‘A man must be strong enough to mould the peculiarity of his imperfections into the perfection of his peculiarities.’
    • ‘That brings me to the peculiarity of the present case, or rather to two peculiarities.’
    • ‘In the short history of opinion polling in this country, one feature - or peculiarity if you like - is impossible to miss.’
    • ‘Well, among Mark's many peculiarities (and there is neither the time nor the space to describe the others), is the fact that he owns only a handful of CDs, if that.’
    • ‘One peculiarity of this artist's pictures was that he used actual gold leaf to make the high lights upon hair, leaves, and draperies.’
    • ‘There's no accounting for the peculiarity of folks, and even less for our own peculiarities.’
    • ‘The peculiarity of this movie is that all the three characters are Indians but live in USA.’
    • ‘Look carefully at the contorted face in front of you and pick a peculiarity, say an unusual muscle twitch, poor dentition, bad skin, etc.’
    • ‘But what of other sports stars and their sporting tics, traits and peculiarities?’
    • ‘This head-in-the-sand attitude is not a harmless peculiarity - it is catastrophic for architecture and for urbanism.’
    • ‘A truly cohesive and modern society recognises that difference is not just a peculiarity to be ironed out, or an inadequacy that must be compensated for.’
    • ‘He said: ‘Everything that has an old history, or an old ornament, or an old peculiarity, if it can be preserved, ought to be preserved.’’
    • ‘I prefer to stress the distinctiveness of the feature-film industry by noting one more of its peculiarities.’
    • ‘But certain character peculiarities are corrected by helping a person change his writing.’
    • ‘This peculiarity of the power supply in the village has become the butt of everybody's jokes.’
    • ‘Over the past year, I've learned that inside all subcultures there exists a fascinating world fraught with peculiarities, dangers and strange rituals.’
    • ‘It is also clear that there are longer periods that have their own features and peculiarities.’
    • ‘Hair has uncanny properties; it is a peculiarity that hair and nails continue to grow for a short time after death.’
    • ‘It embraces humans in all their complexity: with their merits and sins, peculiarities and idiosyncrasies, passions and peccadilloes.’
    • ‘In the meantime he acquired strange peculiarities of habits.’
    oddity, anomaly, abnormality, twist, quirk, eccentricity, trick
    idiosyncrasy, mannerism, quirk, foible, caprice, whimsy
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    1. 1.1A characteristic that is distinctive of a particular person or place.
      ‘his essays characterized decency as a British peculiarity’
      • ‘It's likely to be a peculiarity of my own character but I've found it a pretty symbiotic combination, with each side supporting the other.’
      • ‘The police have a lot of problems with people on holidays who do not know this peculiarity of the Basque coast.’
      • ‘National peculiarities aside, Western Europe continued to converge, a process facilitated by the development of a new post-social-democratic outlook.’
      • ‘Now there are some peculiarities of Australia, which means you use a particular type of machine but ultimately the machines we use here are also used elsewhere in the world.’
      • ‘And Russia has the peculiarity of being the world's Eurasian nation.’
      • ‘But this is by no means an Australian peculiarity.’
      • ‘It's a peculiarity of my nature that I often like to take less than the perfect tool and see what I can do with it.’
      • ‘One reason has to do with what is a real American peculiarity.’
      • ‘Mehta is an urban ethnographer with an acute sensitivity to the peculiarities of his city.’
      • ‘He complains that various national peculiarities are being steamrollered by the tyranny of a new ‘international imperialism’.’
      • ‘Many of these terms have been created to distinguish locality, others as a direct comment on the character or peculiarities of the Welsh.’
      • ‘Weather has also contributed to the seclusion and peculiarity of the Azores - stormy winter seas often prevent access to the smaller islands even by air for days at a time.’
      • ‘As for the rest of the election menu, the lack of fundamental differences between the main contestants is not a British peculiarity.’
      • ‘‘When you ask a Bulgarian a question it isn't the answer that matters, but the silence before the answer,’ Baker said, illustrating a peculiarity of Bulgarians.’
      characteristic, feature, nature, property, trait, particularity, aspect, attribute, mark, badge, stamp, hallmark, trademark, distinction, point
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    2. 1.2[mass noun]The quality of being peculiar.
      ‘the peculiarity of their upbringing’
      • ‘Why does the Supreme Court persist in this peculiarity?’
      • ‘And thanks to the brilliance and peculiarity of the films thus far - the final one, Cremaster 3, debuts later this year - Barney's little boys are the hottest nuts in the art world.’
      • ‘Opinions differ according to the relative value critics place upon cultural peculiarity.’
      • ‘I hope the council's suggestion doesn't contribute to the death of the local dialect or regional linguistic peculiarity in general.’
      • ‘Each song seemed agonizingly slow; the lyrics disappeared behind both the tempo and stylistic peculiarity.’
      • ‘There was some peculiarity to the kick, though, as Hartson later intimated that his illustrious partner Henrik Larsson, Celtic's usual penalty taker, had been reluctant to become involved.’
      • ‘Or can narrowness and peculiarity become a strength, at least in the hands of a great writer?’
      • ‘The peculiarity continued into the second half.’
      • ‘She breathed the cold air with a tint of peculiarity.’
      • ‘Inevitably, the pace and peculiarity of urban growth was a major theme for Chinese video artists.’
      • ‘Though unusual, it made her look stunningly beautiful in her peculiarity.’
      • ‘Other servants didn't seem to notice any peculiarity from them as they walked by casually.’
      • ‘I just kind of conjured them up out of my subconscious and put them in order of ascending peculiarity.’
      strangeness, peculiarness, oddness, bizarreness, weirdness, queerness, abnormality, unexpectedness, unfamiliarity, atypicality, anomalousness, curiosity, mystery, incongruity, uncommonness, irregularity, deviancy, aberrance, aberrancy, freakishness, suspiciousness, dubiousness, questionableness
      outlandishness, bizarreness, unconventionality, idiosyncrasy, weirdness, oddness, eccentricity, unusualness, abnormality, queerness, peculiarness, strangeness
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