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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
From the Late Latin word pecūliāritās, dating back to 1600-10. See peculiar, -ity
1. idiosyncrasy. See eccentricity. 2. irregularity. 3. See feature. Unabridged
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  • John Leech was very fond of illustrating this peculiarity of the French people, in Punch, years ago.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • No amount of repairing could cure the courthouse clock of this peculiarity.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • And his peculiarity was that all his transactions in this way were done by cash—bank-notes or gold—instead of by cheque.

    The Herapath Property J. S. Fletcher
  • What distinguished the bad man in peculiarity from his fellowman?

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • The first peculiarity is this, that living organisms are not stable but stationary forms.

    Natural Philosophy Wilhelm Ostwald
  • This peculiarity has been illustrated with great skill by M. Renan.

  • It is no impropriety—no peculiarity—no wrong thought or deed of yours, that occasions it.

    Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia William Gilmore Simms
  • This peculiarity is explained by referring to the history of Louisiana.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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