Simple Definition of idiosyncrasy
: an unusual way in which a particular person behaves or thinks
: an unusual part or feature of something
Full Definition of idiosyncrasyplural
1 a : a peculiarity of constitution or temperament : an individualizing characteristic or quality b : individual hypersensitiveness (as to a drug or food)
2 : characteristic peculiarity (as of temperament); broadly : eccentricity
idiosyncraticplay \ˌi-dē-ō-(ˌ)sin-ˈkra-tik\ adjective
idiosyncraticallyplay \-ˈkra-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of idiosyncrasy in a sentence
Her habit of using “like” in every sentence was just one of her idiosyncrasies.
The current system has a few idiosyncracies.
Origin and Etymology of idiosyncrasy
Greek idiosynkrasia, from idio- + synkerannynai to blend, from syn- + kerannynai to mingle, mix — more at crater
First Known Use: 1604
IDIOSYNCRASY Defined for Kids
Definition of idiosyncrasy for Students
: an unusual way of behaving or thinking that is characteristic of a person <When you know someone a long time, you become accustomed to their idiosyncrasies … — Lemony Snicket, The Ersatz Elevator>
Medical Definition of idiosyncrasy
1: a peculiarity of physical or mental constitution or temperament
2: individual hypersensitiveness (as to a drug or food) <anemia accompanying the use of a sulfa drug is usually considered to be due to idiosyncrasy>
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