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idiomatic

[id-ee-uh-mat-ik] /ˌɪd i əˈmæt ɪk/
adjective
1.
peculiar to or characteristic of a particular language or dialect:
idiomatic French.
2.
containing or using many idioms.
3.
having a distinct style or character, especially in the arts:
idiomatic writing; an idiomatic composer.
Also, idiomatical.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; < Late Greek idiōmatikós, equivalent to idiōmat- (stem of idíōma) idiom + -ikos -ic
Related forms
idiomatically, adverb
idiomaticalness, idiomaticity
[id-ee-oh-muh-tis-i-tee] /ˌɪd i oʊ məˈtɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonidiomatic, adjective
nonidiomatical, adjective
nonidiomatically, adverb
nonidiomaticalness, noun
unidiomatic, adjective
unidiomatically, adverb
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Examples for idiomatic
  • And a lot of composers simply don't write in an idiomatic fashion for the instrument.
  • But far harder to detect are cultural and idiomatic differences.
  • Focus on vocabulary or expressions that are unknown or idiomatic.
  • idiomatic or usual form of speech, not meant to be offensive.
  • All the truly idiomatic and national phrases are kept, and all others successively picked out, and thrown away.
  • In the first case the word is used in a colorless idiomatic sense, while in the second it is the verb in its full meaning.
  • In experiment two, targets were phrases that could be given either an idiomatic or a literal interpretation.
  • Formulaic language is widely recognized to be of central importance to fluent and idiomatic language use.
  • The two basic types of translation are generally referred to as verbatim and idiomatic.
  • Avoid medical terminology or professional jargon, as well as slang and idiomatic expressions.
Word Origin and History for idiomatic
adj.

1712, from Latin idiomaticus, from Greek idiomatikos; from idios "one's own" (see idiom) + matos "thinking, animated" (see automaton).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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