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idiosyncrasy

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noun id·i·o·syn·cra·sy \ˌi-dē-ə-ˈsiŋ-krə-sē\

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 idiosyncrasy

plural id·i·o·syn·cra·sies

  1. 1 a :  a peculiarity of constitution or temperament :  an individualizing characteristic or quality b :  individual hypersensitiveness (as to a drug or food)

  2. 2 :  characteristic peculiarity (as of temperament); broadly :  eccentricity

id·i·o·syn·crat·ic play \ˌi-dē-ō-(ˌ)sin-ˈkra-tik\ adjective
id·i·o·syn·crat·i·cal·ly play \-ˈkra-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of idiosyncrasy

  1. Her habit of using like in every sentence was just one of her idiosyncrasies.

  2. The current system has a few idiosyncracies.



Origin 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

idiosyncrasy

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noun id·i·o·syn·cra·sy \ˌi-dē-ə-ˈsiŋ-krə-sē\

Definition of idiosyncrasy

plural id·i·o·syn·cra·sies

  1. :  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 Dictionary

idiosyncrasy

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noun id·io·syn·cra·sy \ˌid-ē-ə-ˈsiŋ-krə-sē\

Medical Definition of idiosyncrasy

plural id·io·syn·cra·sies

  1. 1:  a peculiarity of physical or mental constitution or temperament

  2. 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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