peculiarity


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pe·cu·li·ar·i·ty

 (pĭ-kyo͞o′lē-ăr′ĭ-tē, -kyo͞ol-yăr′-)
n. pl. pe·cu·li·ar·i·ties
1. The quality or state of being peculiar.
2. A notable or distinctive feature or characteristic.
3. An eccentricity; an idiosyncrasy.

peculiarity

(pɪˌkjuːlɪˈærɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. a strange or unusual habit or characteristic
2. a distinguishing trait, etc that is characteristic of a particular person; idiosyncrasy
3. the state or quality of being peculiar

pe•cu•li•ar•i•ty

(pɪˌkyu liˈær ɪ ti, -kyulˈyær-)

n., pl. -ties.
1. a trait, manner, characteristic, or habit that is odd or unusual.
2. oddity; singularity; eccentricity.
3. a distinguishing quality or characteristic.
4. the quality or condition of being peculiar.
[1600–10; < Late Latin pecūliāritās. See peculiar, -ity]
syn: See eccentricity. See also feature.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.peculiarity - an odd or unusual characteristic
characteristic, feature - a prominent attribute or aspect of something; "the map showed roads and other features"; "generosity is one of his best characteristics"
calling card - a distinguishing characteristic or behavior; "bombs are a terrorist's calling cards"
2.peculiarity - a distinguishing traitpeculiarity - a distinguishing trait    
individualism, individuality, individuation - the quality of being individual; "so absorbed by the movement that she lost all sense of individuality"
foible, idiosyncrasy, mannerism - a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual
3.peculiarity - something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting
object, physical object - a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow; "it was full of rackets, balls and other objects"
collectable, collectible - things considered to be worth collecting (not necessarily valuable or antique)
collector's item, piece de resistance, showpiece - the outstanding item (the prize piece or main exhibit) in a collection

peculiarity

noun
1. oddity, abnormality, eccentricity, weirdness, queerness, bizarreness, freakishness the peculiarity of her behaviour
2. quirk, caprice, mannerism, whimsy, foible, idiosyncrasy, odd trait He had many little peculiarities.

peculiarity

noun
Translations
خاصِيَّه، غَرابَه، صِفَة مُمَيَّزَه
svéráznost
mærkværdighedsærhed
jellegzetesség
sérkenni
svojskost
garipliközelliktuhaflık

peculiarity

[pɪˌkjʊlɪˈærɪtɪ] N
1. (= strangeness) → rareza f
2. (= specific quality) → peculiaridad f
it's a peculiarity of hers that she always wears blackir vestida siempre de negro es una peculiaridad suya
he has his peculiaritiestiene sus rarezas or manías
3. (= unusual thing) → rasgo m singular
his only peculiarity is a missing armsu único rasgo singular es que le falta un brazo

peculiarity

[pɪˌkjuːliˈærɪti] n
(= odd feature) → bizarrerie f
(= particular feature) → particularité f

peculiarity

n
(= strangeness)Seltsamkeit f, → Eigenartigkeit f
(= unusual feature)Eigentümlichkeit f, → Eigenheit f, → Besonderheit f; it has the peculiarity that it is or of being …es hat die Besonderheit, … zu sein

peculiarity

[pɪˌkjuːlɪˈærɪtɪ] npeculiarità f inv

peculiar

(piˈkjuːljə) adjective
1. strange; odd. peculiar behaviour.
2. belonging to one person, place or thing in particular and to no other. customs peculiar to France.
peˌculiˈarity (-ˈӕ-) plural peˌculiˈarities noun
peˈculiarly adverb
References in classic literature ?
Hence, if man goes on selecting, and thus augmenting, any peculiarity, he will almost certainly unconsciously modify other parts of the structure, owing to the mysterious laws of the correlation of growth.
It was Stryver's grand peculiarity that he always seemed too big for any place, or space.
Without thinking about it, he accepted this disappearing into the wall as a peculiarity of his father, as milk and half- digested meat were peculiarities of his mother.
Day after day she looked fearfully into the child's expanding nature, ever dreading to detect some dark and wild peculiarity that should correspond with the guiltiness to which she owed her being.
Every author has some peculiarity in his descriptions or in his style of writing.
A second peculiarity of airship war as it first came to the world that also made for social collapse, was the ineffectiveness of the early air-ships against each other.
The housekeeper tried to describe him, but failed to distinguish the nameless visitor by any personal peculiarity which her master could recognise.
They are kept together by the peculiarity of their topographical position; by their individual weakness and insignificancy; by the fear of powerful neighbors, to one of which they were formerly subject; by the few sources of contention among a people of such simple and homogeneous manners; by their joint interest in their dependent possessions; by the mutual aid they stand in need of, for suppressing insurrections and rebellions, an aid expressly stipulated and often required and afforded; and by the necessity of some regular and permanent provision for accomodating disputes among the cantons.
11] It was one of his peculiarities, he tells us, to live by the eye far more than by any other sense (a peculiarity, perhaps, in an Englishman), and this is what he sees at the early daily service then common in some City churches.
The doctor being called, described a personal peculiarity, which he had noticed at the post-mortem examination, and which might lead to the identification of the murdered man.
One old Sag-Harbor whaleman's chief reason for questioning the Hebrew story was this: --He had one of those quaint old-fashioned Bibles, embellished with curious, unscientific plates; one of which represented Jonah's whale with two spouts in his head --a peculiarity only true with respect to a species of the Leviathan (the Right Whale, and the varieties of that order), concerning which the fishermen have this saying, A penny roll would choke him; his swallow is so very small.
With this view, I have not hesitated to reveal to the lawyer a constitutional peculiarity of my poor uncle's, which was always kept a secret among us at his own request -- I mean his tendency to somnambulism.