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sui generis

[soo -i ge-ne-ris; English soo-ahy jen-er-is, soo-ee] /ˈsʊ ɪ ˈgɛ nɛ rɪs; English ˈsu aɪ ˈdʒɛn ər ɪs, ˈsu i/
adjective, Latin.
of his, her, its, or their own kind; unique. Unabridged
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  • Is it necessary to point out that this "Marxism" is a little too sui generis?

    Anarchism and Socialism George Plechanoff
  • He wished to judge for himself about these emanations, sui generis.

  • It is sui generis, without known models, though it gathers to itself many of the prevailing characteristics of Renaissance poetry.

    Tragedy Ashley H. Thorndike
  • It is sui generis; we know of none that can pretend to compare with it.

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
  • We were a new Nation, and had no business for any such regulations—a Nation /sui generis/.

    The Great Conspiracy, Part 3. John Alexander Logan
British Dictionary definitions for sui generis

sui generis

/ˌsuːaɪ ˈdʒɛnərɪs/
Word Origin
Latin, literally: of its own kind
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sui generis

1787, Latin, literally "of one's own kind, peculiar." First element from sui, genitive of suus "his, her, its, one's," from Old Latin sovos, from PIE root *swe-, pronoun of the third person (see idiom).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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sui generis in Culture
sui generis [(sooh-ee, sooh-eye jen-uh-ris)]

A person or thing that is unique, in a class by itself: “She is an original artist; each of her paintings is sui generis.” From Latin, meaning “of its own kind.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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