Origin of oddity
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1. rarity, curiosity, wonder.
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Examples from the Web for oddity
The gentle, erudite soul within a body the public considered an oddity is the contrast at the heart of “The Elephant Man.”The True Story of ‘The Elephant Man’
November 3, 2014
Africa was supposedly a place to avoid or, at best, an oddity to pity.How I Got Addicted to Africa (and Wrote a Thriller About It)
September 9, 2014
To that end, they partnered with oddity website Atlas Obscura over the summer to host “The School of Transgressive Placemaking.”A Most Illegal Adventure with New York City’s Wildest Underground Event Planners
December 16, 2013
First oddity: power, open restaurants, people not in panic mode.How Military Veterans Led Sandy Volunteer Efforts
October 28, 2013
Beaching of the oarfish is a very rare occurrence—the last time it happened was 2010—so two in one week is certainly an oddity.Fishy Mystery: Are Beached Oarfish Trying to Tell Us Something?
October 23, 2013
Its oddity struck me, and remained impressed upon my memory.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
But the oddity in the present case was that he said nothing.
If he did not seem exactly interested, he certainly behaved with some oddity.
There was no mention of the oddity of behavior of shiploads of surplus grain aloft.Pariah Planet
The oddity and incongruity of her attire attracted attention.The Manxman
- an odd person or thing
- an odd quality or characteristic
- the condition of being odd
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Word Origin and History for oddity
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