noun, plural id·i·o·syn·cra·sies.
Origin of idiosyncrasy
Examples from the Web for idiosyncrasies
Seeping through these explanations are the idiosyncrasies and livelihoods of their authors.The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson (And Tolstoy and Dickens)|Samuel Fragoso|October 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He just sort of takes in the entire repertoire of a person: their voice, gestures, movements, idiosyncrasies, habits.The Stacks: Robin Williams, More Than A Shtick Figure|Joe Morgenstern|August 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She understood the idiosyncrasies of Soviet life, having spent several years in Russia as a young reporter.
They cut wires in certain ways, there are idiosyncrasies in how these bombs are designed.
Despite these idiosyncrasies, Romney and Paul felt they could not ignore the state this time around.
This is distinctly unfair to these old churches which have personalities and idiosyncrasies as real as those of individuals.Cathedrals and Cloisters of the South of France, Volume 1|Elise Whitlock Rose
As to what these idiosyncrasies are, there is a considerable difference of opinion.The Immigrant Tide, Its Ebb and Flow|Edward A. Steiner
Dramatic instinct endows us with broad conceptions of the idiosyncrasies, beliefs, and convictions of men.Special Method in the Reading of Complete English Classics|Charles McMurry
Not infrequently these idiosyncrasies for food are found to follow ideas with regard to their digestibility.Psychotherapy|James J. Walsh
It was one of her idiosyncrasies to knit stockings "for the poor."Dorothy and other Italian Stories|Constance Fenimore Woolson
British Dictionary definitions for idiosyncrasies
noun plural -sies
Word Origin for idiosyncrasy
Word Origin and History for idiosyncrasies
c.1600, from French idiosyncrasie, from Greek idiosynkrasia "a peculiar temperament," from idios "one's own" (see idiom) + synkrasis "temperament, mixture of personal characteristics," from syn "together" (see syn-) + krasis "mixture" (see rare (adj.2)). Originally in English a medical term meaning "physical constitution of an individual." Mental sense first attested 1660s.