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singular

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of singular

  1. 1 being out of the ordinary the novelist's singular command of the language makes her a compelling voice in contemporary fiction Synonyms of singular aberrant, aberrated, abnormal, anomalous, atypical, especial, exceeding, extraordinaire, extraordinary, freak, odd, peculiar, phenomenal, preternatural, rare, exceptional, uncommon, uncustomary, unique, unusual, unwontedWords Related to singular conspicuous, notable, noticeable, outstanding, prominent, remarkable, salient, striking; bizarre, deviant, eccentric, freakish, monstrous, oddball, outlandish, quaint, strange, weird; incomprehensible, inconceivable, incredible, unimaginable, unthinkableNear Antonyms of singular everyday, familiar, frequentAntonyms of singular common, customary, normal, ordinary, typical, unexceptional, unextraordinary, usual

  2. 2 noticeably different from what is generally found or experienced appearing on the game show has been the most singular experience of my life Synonyms of singular curious, extraordinary, funny, odd, offbeat, out-of-the-way, peculiar, queer, rare, unusual, strange, unaccustomed, uncommon, uncustomary, unique, weirdWords Related to singular bizarre, eccentric, far-out, kooky (also kookie), oddball, outlandish, outré, way-out; aberrant, abnormal, atypical, exceptional, irregular; newsworthy, notable, noteworthy, noticeable, particular, remarkable, specialNear Antonyms of singular unexceptional; expected, predictable; familiar, normal, regular, typicalAntonyms of singular common, ordinary, plain, usual

  3. 3 of, relating to, or belonging to a single person preserving our national heritage is not a singular responsibility but our collective duty Synonyms of singular idiomatic, individualized, particular, patented, peculiar, personal, personalized, private, privy, separate, individual, subjective, uniqueWords Related to singular characteristic, distinctive, intimate; identifying, idiosyncratic; especial, express, special, specific; independent, nonconformist, self-directed, self-sufficient; custom, customized, specializedNear Antonyms of singular broad, prevailing, prevalent, widespread; common, normal, regular, typicalAntonyms of singular general, generic, popular, public, shared, universal

  4. 4 being the one or ones of a class with no other members this crime was a singular case, and using it as a reason for revising the criminal code would be ill-advised Synonyms of singular alone, lone, one, one-off, only, sole, solitary, special, sui generis, uniqueWords Related to singular single, solo, unaccompanied, unattended; incomparable, inimitable, matchless, peerless, unequaled (or unequalled), unmatched, unparalleled, unrivaled (or unrivalled), unsurpassable, unsurpassed; distinct, distinctive, individual, separate; nonceNear Antonyms of singular divers, manifold, multifarious, myriad; assorted, heterogenous, miscellaneous, mixed, motley, patchwork, promiscuous, varied; popular, prevailing, prevalent, rampant; perennial, recurrent, repeated

Synonym Discussion of singular

strange, singular, unique, peculiar, eccentric, erratic, odd, quaint, outlandish mean departing from what is ordinary, usual, or to be expected. strange stresses unfamiliarity and may apply to the foreign, the unnatural, the unaccountable.
    • a journey filled with strange sights
singular suggests individuality or puzzling strangeness.
    • a singular feeling of impending disaster
unique implies singularity and the fact of being without a known parallel.
    • a career unique in the annals of science
peculiar implies a marked distinctiveness.
    • the peculiar status of America's first lady
eccentric suggests a wide divergence from the usual or normal especially in behavior.
    • the eccentric eating habits of preschoolers
erratic stresses a capricious and unpredictable wandering or deviating.
    • a friend's suddenly erratic behavior
odd applies to a departure from the regular or expected.
    • an odd sense of humor
quaint suggests an old-fashioned but pleasant oddness.
    • a quaint fishing village
outlandish applies to what is uncouth, bizarre, or barbaric.
    • outlandish fashions of the time

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