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idiosyncrasy

[ id-ee-uh-sing-kruh-see, -sin- ]
/ 藢瑟d i 蓹藞s瑟艐 kr蓹 si, -藞s瑟n- /
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noun, plural id路i路o路syn路cra路sies.
a characteristic, habit, mannerism, or the like, that is peculiar to an individual.
the physical constitution peculiar to an individual.
a peculiarity of the physical or the mental constitution, especially susceptibility toward drugs, food, etc.Compare allergy (def. 1).
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Origin of idiosyncrasy

First recorded in 1595鈥1605; from Greek idiosynkr膩s铆a, equivalent to idio- idio- + syn- syn- + kr芒s(is) 鈥渁 blending鈥 + -ia -y3

synonym study for idiosyncrasy

1. See eccentricity.

OTHER WORDS FROM idiosyncrasy

id路i路o路syn路crat路ic [id-ee-oh-sin-krat-ik, -sing-], /藢瑟d i o蕣 s瑟n藞kr忙t 瑟k, -s瑟艐-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for idiosyncrasy

idiosyncrasy
/ (藢瑟d瑟蓹蕣藞s瑟艐kr蓹s瑟) /

noun plural -sies
a tendency, type of behaviour, mannerism, etc, of a specific person; quirk
the composite physical or psychological make-up of a specific person
an abnormal reaction of an individual to specific foods, drugs, or other agents

Word Origin for idiosyncrasy

C17: from Greek idiosunkrasia, from idio- + sunkrasis mixture, temperament, from sun- syn- + kerannunai to mingle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for idiosyncrasy

idiosyncrasy
[ 沫d鈥材-艒-s沫ngkr蓹-s膿 ]

n.
A structural or behavioral trait peculiar to an individual or a group.
A physiological or temperamental peculiarity.
An unusual individual reaction to food or a drug.

Other words from idiosyncrasy

id鈥瞚鈥鈥yn鈥ratic (-s沫n-kr膬t沫k) adj.
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