a : a peculiarity of constitution or temperament : an individualizing characteristic or quality
b : individual hypersensitiveness (as to a drug or food)
Examples of IDIOSYNCRASY
- Her habit of using “like” in every sentence was just one of her idiosyncrasies.
- The current system has a few idiosyncracies.
Origin of IDIOSYNCRASY
to blend, from syn-
to mingle, mix — more at crater
First Known Use: 1604
Related to IDIOSYNCRASY
- crotchet, curiosity, eccentricity, erraticism, individualism, kink, mannerism, oddity, peculiarity, quiddity, quip, quirk, singularity, tic, trick, twist
id·io·syn·cra·sy noun \ˌid-ē-ə-ˈsiŋ-krə-sē\ (Medical Dictionary)
: a peculiarity of physical or mental constitution or temperament
: 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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