sui generis

sui generis

[soo-i ge-ne-ris; English soo-ahy jen-er-is, soo-ee]
Latin.
of his, her, its, or their own kind; unique.
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sui generis (ˌsuːaɪ ˈdʒɛnərɪs)
 
adj
unique
 
[Latin, literally: of its own kind]

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sui generis
1787, from L., lit. "of one's own kind, peculiar." First element from sui, gen. of suus "his, her, its, one's," from Old L. sovos, from PIE base *swe-, pronoun of the third person (see idiom).
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sui generis [(sooh-ee, sooh-eye jen-uh-ris)]

A person or thing that is unique, in a class by itself: “She is an original artist; each of her paintings is sui generis.” From Latin, meaning “of its own kind.”

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