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
Nor do their eccentricities wear particularly well.
That fact might have been overshadowed by its eccentricities since the PlayStation 2 era.
These strange actions would surely turn any potential partner off, but Missy wants someone who can handle all her complexity, eccentricity and disturbia.
He was mocked for his softness, his eccentricity, his image.
Even her partner, Steve Trevor, appears in Rebirth comics as Chris Pine plays him in the film: confused but charmed by Diana’s eccentricities and determined to prove himself to her.
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.
Roberts threw in a few of Monk’s signature eccentricities – some stretched out, exaggerated glissandos and skittering fills – with a Latin tinge supplied by drummer Bryan Carter.
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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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