idiosyncrasy idiosyncrasy  /ɪ di oʊ ˈsɪn krə ˌsi/


  • (n) a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual



  • One of her idiosyncrasy was to drive with her lights on even during the day.


  • Into Womanhood, With A Girlfriend Hand In Hand

    Director Xavier Dolan marries thematic urgency and stylistic idiosyncrasy in a sophisticated, emotionally honest story about a man becoming a woman — and the girlfriend who does her best to make the journey too. (Recommended)
    on June 28, 2013     Source: NPR

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  1. "What makes 'Utopia' such indispensable theater is Mr. Stoppard's full-hearted embrace of the flux and chaos of history, along with his youthful delight as a student of human idiosyncrasy," Brantley wrote.
    on Feb 19, 2007 By: Ben Brantley Source: Washington Post

  2. "I hoped the controversy would die down quickly," says Pei. "Perhaps I was a little optimistic. But, you know, the choice of the pyramid was not some personal idiosyncrasy. Paris is a city of pyramids, from the time when Napoleon [after whom...
    on Feb 28, 2010 By: IM Pei Source: The Guardian

  3. This was not a false persona, Barlow writes, but a "mixture of good will, confidence, optimism, enjoyment of intellectual challenge, and idiosyncrasy."
    on Jan 13, 2008 By: Philip Barlow Source: Salt Lake Tribune

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