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[pi-kyoo-lee-ar-i-tee, -kyool-yar-] /pɪˌkyʊ liˈær ɪ ti, -kyulˈyær-/
noun, plural peculiarities.
a trait, manner, characteristic, or habit that is odd or unusual.
oddity; singularity; eccentricity.
a distinguishing quality or characteristic.
the quality or condition of being peculiar.
1600-10; < Late Latin pecūliāritās. See peculiar, -ity
1. idiosyncrasy. See eccentricity. 2. irregularity. 3. See feature. Unabridged
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  • Net theory held that these peculiarities weren't peculiar at all.
  • He worked in a definite logical system and mathematicians hoped that his result depended on the peculiarities of that system.
  • He is a perpetual observer, a noticer of peculiarities, a collector of knowledge.
  • He appreciated keenly the peculiarities of his acquaintances, and could characterize them with accuracy and wit.
  • peculiarities-The point of origin varies according to the bifurcation of the aorta.
  • peculiarities-The subclavian arteries vary in their origin, their course, and the height to which they rise in the neck.
  • Wherever there is a heart and an intellect, the diseases of the physical frame are tinged with the peculiarities of these.
  • The former signify serious illness, the latter appear rather as peculiarities, moods.
  • Part of this is due to the peculiarities of the race.
  • Garlic inspires devotion in gardeners for its many peculiarities.
British Dictionary definitions for peculiarities


noun (pl) -ties
a strange or unusual habit or characteristic
a distinguishing trait, etc that is characteristic of a particular person; idiosyncrasy
the state or quality of being peculiar
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Word Origin and History for peculiarities



c.1600, "exclusive possession;" 1640s, "special characteristic," from peculiar + -ity, or else from Latin peculiaritas. Meaning "an oddity" is attested by 1777. Related: Peculiarities.

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