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id·i·o·syn·cra·sy

 (ĭd′ē-ō-sĭng′krə-sē)
n. pl. id·i·o·syn·cra·sies
1. A structural or behavioral characteristic peculiar to an individual or group.
2. A physiological or temperamental peculiarity.
3. An unusual individual reaction to food or a drug.

[Greek idiosunkrāsiā : idio-, idio- + sunkrāsis, mixture, temperament (sun-, syn- + krāsis, a mixing; see kerə- in Indo-European roots).]

id′i·o·syn·crat′ic (-sĭn-krăt′ĭk) adj.
id′i·o·syn·crat′i·cal·ly adv.

idiosyncrasy

(ˌɪdɪəʊˈsɪŋkrəsɪ)
n, pl -sies
1. a tendency, type of behaviour, mannerism, etc, of a specific person; quirk
2. the composite physical or psychological make-up of a specific person
3. (Pathology) an abnormal reaction of an individual to specific foods, drugs, or other agents
[C17: from Greek idiosunkrasia, from idio- + sunkrasis mixture, temperament, from sun- syn- + kerannunai to mingle]

id•i•o•syn•cra•sy

(ˌɪd i əˈsɪŋ krə si, -ˈsɪn-)

n., pl. -sies.
1. a characteristic, habit, mannerism, etc., that is peculiar to or distinctive of an individual.
2. the physical or mental constitution peculiar to an individual.
3. a peculiarity of the physical or mental constitution, esp. a sensitivity to drugs, food, etc.
[1595–1605; < Greek idiosynkrāsía=idio- idio- + syn- syn- + krâsis a blending + -ia -y3]
id`i•o•syn•crat′ic (-oʊ sɪnˈkræt ɪk, -sɪŋ-) adj.
id`i•o•syn•crat′i•cal•ly, adv.
syn: See eccentricity.

idiosyncrasy

a mannerism, action, or form of behavior peculiar to one person or group. — idiosyncratic, idiosyncratical, adj.
See also: Behavior
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Noun1.idiosyncrasy - a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individualidiosyncrasy - a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual

idiosyncrasy

noun peculiarity, habit, characteristic, quirk, eccentricity, oddity, mannerism, affectation, trick, singularity, personal trait One of his idiosyncrasies was to wear orange gloves.

idiosyncrasy

noun
Translations
idiosinkrazija
idiossincrasia

idiosyncrasy

[ˌɪdɪəˈsɪŋkrəsɪ] Nidiosincrasia f
Victorian idiosyncrasyla idiosincrasia victoriana
it's one of her idiosyncrasieses una de sus peculiaridades

idiosyncrasy

[ˌɪdiəʊˈsɪŋkrəsi] nsingularité f

idiosyncrasy

nEigenheit f, → Eigenart f, → Besonderheit f; (Ling, Med) → Idiosynkrasie f

idiosyncrasy

[ˌɪdɪəˈsɪŋkrəsɪ] n (peculiarity, foible) → (piccola) mania; (characteristic) → particolarità f inv

id·i·o·syn·cra·sy

n. idiosincrasia.
1. características individuales;
2. reacción peculiar de cada persona a una acción, idea, medicamento, tratamiento o alimento.
References in classic literature ?
Even to call life "activity," or to define it further as "the continuous adjustment of internal relations to external relations," as Spencer has it, Nietzsche characterises as a "democratic idiosyncracy." He says to define it in this way, "is to mistake the true nature and function of life, which is Will to Power...Life is ESSENTIALLY appropriation, injury, conquest of the strange and weak, suppression, severity, obtrusion of its own forms, incorporation and at least, putting it mildest, exploitation." Adaptation is merely a secondary activity, a mere re- activity (see Note on Chapter LVII.).
In Kellerman's own words: "The unalloyed truth is that I'm in thrall to idiosyncracy. It possibly could be said that I actually love pathology.
"She is a connoisseur who knows how to go beyond a purely conventional approach and inject her style with a dash of idiosyncracy. Nothing extreme, always appropriate, but never boring or conventional." (ANI)
To do so robs the leadership role of important qualities like creativity, idiosyncracy and constructive deviance.
They draw from a number of disparate traditions, combining the metaphysical intensity of gospel, the primitive gusto of punk rock, the earnest idiosyncracy of American folk, the sonic inclusiveness of tropicalia, the planned jamming of prog and the sincere melodrama of musical theatre.