strangeness(redirected from Strangness)
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- Alien and mysterious and uncanny, like sleeping out in the jungle alone —Christopher Isherwood
- Eerie as a man carving his own epitaph —William Mcllvanney
- Miraculous as fire in the snow —Sam Shepard
- Mysterious as an Agatha Christie story with the last page torn out —James Brooke
- Mysterious as cells seen under a microscope —Ann Beattie
In Beattie’s story, Janus, the comparison refers to the bits of color in a ceramic bowl.
- Mysterious as tea leaves —Vincent Canby
- Mystery emanated from her like a fire alarm —Richard Ford
- Peculiar as a middle-aged man undressed —David Denby
- Queer as a green kielbasa —Petter Meinke
A colloquialism on the same theme: “Queer as a three dollar bill.”
- Queer as a jaybird —Anon
- The scenes and incidents had the strangeness of the transcendental, as if they were snatches torn from lives on other planets that had somehow drifted to the earth —Boris Pasternak
- Strange as a wedding without a bridegroom —Anon
- Strange, eerie: like something out of a fairy tale —T. Coraghessan Boyle
The following words can all be used to describe someone whose character or appearance is different from that of most other people:
If you say, for example, 'She's odd' or 'She's an odd woman', you are talking about someone's character. If you say 'She looks odd' or 'She has an odd face', you are describing her appearance.
Unusual is a neutral word which does not show approval or disapproval.
Interesting and striking are used to indicate approval. Striking is only used to describe someone's appearance, not their character.
When extraordinary is used to describe someone's character, it usually indicates approval.
Bizarre, curious, funny, odd, peculiar, queer, strange, and weird indicate amusement or disapproval when they are used to describe people.
|Noun||1.||strangeness - unusualness as a consequence of not being well known|
unusualness - uncommonness by virtue of being unusual
singularity - strangeness by virtue of being remarkable or unusual
quaintness - strangeness as a consequence of being old fashioned; "some words in her dialect had a charming quaintness"
eccentricity - strange and unconventional behavior
|2.||strangeness - (physics) one of the six flavors of quark|
|3.||strangeness - the quality of being alien or not native; "the strangeness of a foreigner"|
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare