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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
First recorded in 1705-15; odd + -ity
Synonyms
1. rarity, curiosity, wonder.
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Examples from the Web for oddity
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  • 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.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • If he did not seem exactly interested, he certainly behaved with some oddity.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • There was no mention of the oddity of behavior of shiploads of surplus grain aloft.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • The oddity and incongruity of her attire attracted attention.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for oddity

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 oddity
n.

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

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