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oddity

[od-i-tee] /ˈɒd ɪ ti/
noun, plural oddities for 1, 3.
1.
an odd or remarkably unusual person, thing, or event.
2.
the quality of being odd; singularity, strangeness, or eccentricity.
3.
an odd characteristic or trait; peculiarity.
Origin of oddity
1705-1715
1705-15; odd + -ity
Synonyms
1. rarity, curiosity, wonder.
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  • Lyell used to tell many amusing stories of the oddities of his old teacher and friend Buckland.

    The Coming of Evolution John W. (John Wesley) Judd
  • Nobody but Beulah ever looks at Uncle William's collection of oddities.

    Watch the Sky James H. Schmitz
  • His bewilderment was intense, and with a lingering gaze at the oddities surrounding him, he accepted the invitation.

    The Ghost of Guir House Charles Willing Beale
  • He had a cheerful temper and an imagination that was a very wilderness of oddities.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • Whether his oddities arose from a distraught mind, or an indulgence in a love of publicity, it would be hard to say.

British Dictionary definitions for oddities

oddity

/ˈɒdɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
an odd person or thing
2.
an odd quality or characteristic
3.
the condition of being odd
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Word Origin and History for oddities

oddity

n.

1713, "odd characteristic or trait," a hybrid from odd + -ity. Meaning "odd person" is first recorded 1748.

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