Definition of eccentricity
1a : the quality or state of being eccentricb : deviation from an established pattern or norm; especially : odd or whimsical behavior
2a : a mathematical constant that for a given conic section is the ratio of the distances from any point of the conic section to a focus and the corresponding directrixb : the eccentricity of an astronomical orbit used as a measure of its deviation from circularity
Examples of eccentricity in a Sentence
Some people weren't very tolerant of his eccentricity.
Talking to her plants is one of her many eccentricities.
Recent Examples of eccentricity from the Web
The designer continued to embrace his signature eccentricity, with vintage-looking jogging pants worn under ruffled shirts or a light burgundy matelassé coat with a green neckline and pocket details, for example.
Even the album’s cover art explicitly channels the mind-set of teen-agers and twentysomethings who, liberated by the Internet, spurn labels and celebrate eccentricity.
Yes, there are potatoes and eggs and chorizo, but these combinations challenge old assumptions with Dalí-like eccentricity.
His artistry, eccentricity, obsession with a good deathmatch, and pop-star looks made Romero the public face of Doom, the frontman for thousands of adoring nerds.
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First Known Use of eccentricity
ECCENTRICITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of eccentricity for English Language Learners
: the quality of being strange or unusual in behavior
: an act or habit that is strange or unusual
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