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[id-ee-oh-sin-krat-ik, -sing-] /ˌɪd i oʊ sɪnˈkræt ɪk, -sɪŋ-/
pertaining to the nature of idiosyncrasy, or something peculiar to an individual:
The best minds are idiosyncratic and unpredictable as they follow the course of scientific discovery.
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idiosyncratically, adverb Unabridged
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  • In short, there is no problem, except tolerating his idiosyncratic presence.
  • More than a few presentations still stand out in my memory, perhaps for idiosyncratic reasons.
  • It becomes much more systematic, rather than idiosyncratic.
  • Obviously this is mostly fun and my choices are completely idiosyncratic.
  • The four scientists profiled here represent idiosyncratic, minority views.
  • As always, this is one idiosyncratic viewpoint, and others should be offered in the comments.
  • It's not supposed to have any idiosyncratic opinions of its own, and is supposed to reflect the consensus among scientists.
  • But every great type design can be second-guessed, because it is the work of an idiosyncratic and imperfect human being.
  • There are many exquisite songs, often original and highly idiosyncratic.
  • Most develop idiosyncratic, personalized hunt-and-peck methods.
British Dictionary definitions for idiosyncratic


of or relating to idiosyncrasy; characteristic of a specific person
Derived Forms
idiosyncratically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for idiosyncratic

1779, from idiosyncrasy + -ic. Earlier in same sense was idiosyncratical (1640s). Related: Idiosyncratically.

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