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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.
Origin of peculiarity
1600-10; < Late Latin pecūliāritās. See peculiar, -ity
1. idiosyncrasy. See eccentricity. 2. irregularity. 3. See feature. Unabridged
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  • The saliva owes its peculiarity to one of its components, called ptyalin.
  • Here's another peculiarity: this ritual of relaxation is cresting at a cultural moment when noise and agitation are everywhere.
  • The peculiarity of the evidence of mathematical truths is, that all the argument is on one side.
  • We have only to study the peculiarity of this mode of expression to realize what one may term word- or form-technique.
  • Another peculiarity of dream-work finds it prototype in the development of language.
  • It is a peculiarity of the gangs that they usually break out in spots, as it were.
  • There is a peculiarity about this play, if it may be so called, which is remarkable.
  • For psychic evolution shows a peculiarity which is not found in any other process of development.
  • Others, including both palms and ordinary trees, showed an even stranger peculiarity.
  • It is a peculiarity of modern times to overdo everything.
British Dictionary definitions for peculiarity


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 peculiarity

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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