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unusual

[uhn-yoo-zhoo-uh l, -yoozh-wuh l] /ʌnˈyu ʒu əl, -ˈyuʒ wəl/
adjective
1.
not usual, common, or ordinary; uncommon in amount or degree; exceptional:
an unusual sound; an unusual hobby; an unusual response.
Origin of unusual
1575-1585
First recorded in 1575-85; un-1 + usual
Related forms
unusually, adverb
unusualness, noun
Synonyms
extraordinary, remarkable; rare, strange, singular, curious, queer, odd.
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  • The dead silence of the house added to the unusualness of things.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The diffidence of his tone proved startling to her by virtue of its unusualness.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • Its unusualness consisted in its air of exceeding bustling cheerfulness.

    The Shuttle Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • His face expressed no sense of the unusualness of the sight.

    H. R. Edwin Lefevre
  • They had never walked together before, of course; but they hardly thought of the unusualness.

    The Other Girls Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  • The unusualness of the incident, and the mysterious manner of the servant, increased our curiosity extraordinarily.

    The Joy of Captain Ribot Armando Palacio Valds
  • The elastic nature of the clasp-garter is self-demonstration of the unusualness of the abbreviation.

  • As usual, the force, the unusualness of the conception, rather than its ideal beauty are the points we notice first.

    William Blake Irene Langridge
  • There was an unusualness in him which impressed and irritated her simultaneously.

    Eden Edgar Saltus
  • To her I mean constraint, uprooting, exile, that unusualness which throws simple people out of their orbits.

    Woman Magdeleine Marx
British Dictionary definitions for unusualness

unusual

/ʌnˈjuːʒʊəl/
adjective
1.
out of the ordinary; uncommon; extraordinary: an unusual design
Derived Forms
unusually, adverb
unusualness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unusualness

unusual

adj.

1580s, from un- (1) "not" + usual. Related: Unusually.

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