noun, plural id·i·o·syn·cra·sies.
- idiopathic retroperitoneal fibrosis,
- idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura,
- idiot board,
- idiot box,
- idiot card
Origin of idiosyncrasy
Examples from the Web for idiosyncrasy
Another form of the trick of idiosyncrasy is the bald realism of the sensationalist.How to Write a Novel|Anonymous
It was certainly the Mafferton idiosyncrasy to be extravagantly kind.An American Girl in London|Sara Jeannette Duncan
I don't pretend to account for this idiosyncrasy of human nature; I merely state it as a fact.The Inner Shrine|Basil King
He had a constitutional dislike for falsehoods, which was perhaps not so much a virtue as an idiosyncrasy.The Butterfly House|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
It was an idiosyncrasy of Jackson's to gather and take with him every filing.The Long Roll|Mary Johnston
noun plural -sies
Word Origin for idiosyncrasy
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.