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peculiarity

[pi-kyoo-lee-ar-i-tee, -kyool-yar-] /pɪˌkyʊ liˈær ɪ ti, -kyulˈyær-/
noun, plural peculiarities.
1.
a trait, manner, characteristic, or habit that is odd or unusual.
2.
oddity; singularity; eccentricity.
3.
a distinguishing quality or characteristic.
4.
the quality or condition of being peculiar.
Origin of peculiarity
1600-1610
1600-10; < Late Latin pecūliāritās. See peculiar, -ity
Synonyms
1. idiosyncrasy. See eccentricity. 2. irregularity. 3. See feature.
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peculiarity

/pɪˌkjuːlɪˈærɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
a strange or unusual habit or characteristic
2.
a distinguishing trait, etc that is characteristic of a particular person; idiosyncrasy
3.
the state or quality of being peculiar
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Word Origin and History for peculiarity
n.

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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