idiosyncrasy

(redirected from idiosyncrasies)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.

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
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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 ?
Hard by," says he, "is a cafe, snug and suitable for the entertainment of idiosyncrasies. Let us go there and have drink while we discuss the unavailability of the categorical."
I wander abroad be night seeking idiosyncrasies in the masses and truth in the heavens above.
Let us have these glasses filled again, for 'tis good to keep idiosyncrasies well moistened, they being subject to deterioration in a dry moral atmosphere."
Your ship is a tender creature, whose idiosyncrasies must be attended to if you mean her to come with credit to herself and you through the rough-and-tumble of her life.
And when ordinary fellows like you and me attempt to cope with their idiosyncrasies the result is bungling.
I have been able to invest them with none of those characteristics which make the persons of a book exist with a real life of their own; and, wondering if the fault is mine, I rack my brains to remember idiosyncrasies which might lend them vividness.
It was worth while ignoring small idiosyncrasies which might offend, in order to annex him.
Numa, unaccustomed to the idiosyncrasies of construction of an airship and having gained the forward cockpit, watched the girl clamber out of his reach without at first endeavoring to prevent her.
Idiosyncrasies aside, it's a fount of interesting cartographic titbits, such as the mystery of why the legendary mapmaker Gerardus Mercator depicted Greenland as an island more than 300 years before anyone actually established that it was one.
Inspired by the places he has lived and the people he has met, Stephenson has situated himself in the storytelling tradition of American folk, and he continues to write about the local idiosyncrasies that so fascinate him.
Summary: Over the past year Cabinet managed to avoid a plethora of minefields and accomplish tough feats despite certain ministers' controversial affiliations and idiosyncrasies, which were countered by the composure of premier Saad Hariri, who directed the government toward tackling pressing challenges.
Sequeira's short stories braid graceful language with brilliant idiosyncrasies.