sui generis


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Wikipedia.

su·i ge·ne·ris

 (so͞o′ī′ jĕn′ər-ĭs, so͞o′ē)
adj.
Being the only example of its kind; unique: "sui generis works like Mary Chesnut's Civil War diary" (Linda Orr).

[Latin suī generis : suī, of its own + generis, genitive of genus, kind.]

sui generis

(ˌsuːaɪ ˈdʒɛnərɪs)
adj
unique
[Latin, literally: of its own kind]

su•i ge•ne•ris

(ˈsu i ˈdʒɛn ər ɪs, ˈsu aɪ)

adj.
of his, her, its, or their own kind; unique.
[< Latin]

sui generis

A Latin phrase meaning of its own kind, used to describe something considered unique.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sui generis - constituting a class of its own; unique; "a history book sui generis"; "sui generis works like Mary Chestnut's Civil War diary"
single - existing alone or consisting of one entity or part or aspect or individual; "upon the hill stood a single tower"; "had but a single thought which was to escape"; "a single survivor"; "a single serving"; "a single lens"; "a single thickness"
Translations

sui generis

adjsui generis (geh), → einzig(artig)
Mentioned in ?
References in classic literature ?
If I mistake not, he will prove to be sui generis, and akin to no other reptile in creation."
That was, in fact,--when, after having long groped one's way up the dark spiral which perpendicularly pierces the thick wall of the belfries, one emerged, at last abruptly, upon one of the lofty platforms inundated with light and air,--that was, in fact, a fine picture which spread out, on all sides at once, before the eye; a spectacle sui generis , of which those of our readers who have had the good fortune to see a Gothic city entire, complete, homogeneous,--a few of which still remain, Nuremberg in Bavaria and Vittoria in Spain,--can readily form an idea; or even smaller specimens, provided that they are well preserved,--Vitré in Brittany, Nordhausen in Prussia.
Titled Contours of Contemporary Kosovo, the festival gets under way on Thursday with an exhibition called "Sui Generis" at Santralistanbul Energy Museum.
El maestro era dueno de un caustico sarcasmo y sentido del humor, lo que aportaba a sus escritos originalidad sui generis de culto y coleccion.
Para el analista social Pedro Peralta, del Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales de la Universidad Juarez de Durango, se vivieron unos comicios sui generis con ingredientes suficientes para irse al tribunal electoral, donde se vivio la confrontacion del nuevo y viejo PRI.
Descartes is the topic of the next six essays, which demonstrate that his skepticism was not sui generis. The final section is on skepticism in Hume.
On the External Action Service, the Parliament's opinion, expressed in the report by Elmar Brok (EPP, Germany) adopted on 22 October in plenary, is that this sui generis body should be incorporated into the Commission's administrative structure.
They join nightclubs and retail warehouse clubs (where goods are sold or displayed for sale only to members of that club), each of which does not fall into any use class but is sui generis ("of its own kind").
NOVIEMBRE 3 -- Nito Mestre, uno de los mas aclamados y exitos musicos argentinos de los ultimos 35 anos y pionero del movimiento de rock sudamericano con el grupo Sui Generis se presentara en nuestra ciudad a las 8:30 p.m.
Mr Hart also seeks to place Collins in his historic setting, whether in England or in Ireland and not to see him as sui generis. This book ends up being both a biography and a study in creative mythology.
A: "The affirmation, completely against the tide, of the Church as an 'ethnic identity, sui generis.' On July 23, 1975, it was the heart of his preaching on the identity of the Church at the Wednesday general audiences.
did not invent this mental universe sui generis. But it was Illuminatus!