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sui generis

[soo-i ge-ne-ris; English soo-ahy jen-er-is, soo-ee]
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adjective Latin.
  1. of his, her, its, or their own kind; unique.
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British Dictionary definitions for sui generis

sui generis

adjective
  1. unique

Word Origin

Latin, literally: of its own kind
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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

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.”

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