Definition of peculiarity in English:



  • 1An odd or unusual feature or habit.

    ‘for all his peculiarities, she finds his personality quite endearing’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘This peculiarity of the power supply in the village has become the butt of everybody's jokes.’
    • ‘But certain character peculiarities are corrected by helping a person change his writing.’
    • ‘But what of other sports stars and their sporting tics, traits and peculiarities?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This head-in-the-sand attitude is not a harmless peculiarity - it is catastrophic for architecture and for urbanism.’
    • ‘In the meantime he acquired strange peculiarities of habits.’
    • ‘It embraces humans in all their complexity: with their merits and sins, peculiarities and idiosyncrasies, passions and peccadilloes.’
    • ‘Over the past year, I've learned that inside all subcultures there exists a fascinating world fraught with peculiarities, dangers and strange rituals.’
    • ‘Hair has uncanny properties; it is a peculiarity that hair and nails continue to grow for a short time after death.’
    • ‘One peculiarity of this artist's pictures was that he used actual gold leaf to make the high lights upon hair, leaves, and draperies.’
    • ‘The peculiarity of this movie is that all the three characters are Indians but live in USA.’
    • ‘That brings me to the peculiarity of the present case, or rather to two peculiarities.’
    • ‘It is also clear that there are longer periods that have their own features and peculiarities.’
    • ‘Look carefully at the contorted face in front of you and pick a peculiarity, say an unusual muscle twitch, poor dentition, bad skin, etc.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I prefer to stress the distinctiveness of the feature-film industry by noting one more of its peculiarities.’
    • ‘There's no accounting for the peculiarity of folks, and even less for our own peculiarities.’
    • ‘A man must be strong enough to mould the peculiarity of his imperfections into the perfection of his peculiarities.’
    • ‘In the short history of opinion polling in this country, one feature - or peculiarity if you like - is impossible to miss.’
    oddity, anomaly, abnormality, twist, quirk, eccentricity, trick
    idiosyncrasy, mannerism, quirk, foible, caprice, whimsy
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    1. 1.1A characteristic or quality that is distinctive of a particular person or place.
      ‘his essays characterized decency as a British peculiarity’
      • ‘National peculiarities aside, Western Europe continued to converge, a process facilitated by the development of a new post-social-democratic outlook.’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Many of these terms have been created to distinguish locality, others as a direct comment on the character or peculiarities of the Welsh.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As for the rest of the election menu, the lack of fundamental differences between the main contestants is not a British peculiarity.’
      • ‘But this is by no means an Australian peculiarity.’
      • ‘The police have a lot of problems with people on holidays who do not know this peculiarity of the Basque coast.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘One reason has to do with what is a real American peculiarity.’
      • ‘And Russia has the peculiarity of being the world's Eurasian nation.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2The quality or state of being peculiar.
      ‘the peculiarity of their upbringing’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Or can narrowness and peculiarity become a strength, at least in the hands of a great writer?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Why does the Supreme Court persist in this peculiarity?’
      • ‘Inevitably, the pace and peculiarity of urban growth was a major theme for Chinese video artists.’
      • ‘She breathed the cold air with a tint of peculiarity.’
      • ‘I hope the council's suggestion doesn't contribute to the death of the local dialect or regional linguistic peculiarity in general.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The peculiarity continued into the second half.’
      • ‘Each song seemed agonizingly slow; the lyrics disappeared behind both the tempo and stylistic peculiarity.’
      • ‘Though unusual, it made her look stunningly beautiful in her peculiarity.’
      • ‘Opinions differ according to the relative value critics place upon cultural peculiarity.’