idiosyncrasy [id-ee- uh- sing-kr uh-see, - sin-] SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun, plural id·i·o·syn·cra·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) Origin of idiosyncrasy 1595–1605;
) a blending +
-ia -y 3 Related forms id·i·o·syn·crat·ic , [id-ee-oh-sin- krat-ik, -sing-] /ˌɪd i oʊ sɪnˈkræt ɪk, -sɪŋ-/ adjective Synonyms for idiosyncrasy
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Related Words for idiosyncrasy eccentricity
bit Examples from the Web for idiosyncrasy Historical Examples of idiosyncrasy
The Night (it must have been her
idiosyncrasy) put her tongue out at them, too.
He did not even try to investigate this
idiosyncrasy of his chief.
idiosyncrasy his companion, de Spain, had learned to tolerate.
It was an
idiosyncrasy of Jackson's to gather and take with him every filing.
Long and often did Lorna puzzle over this
idiosyncrasy of her father. British Dictionary definitions for idiosyncrasy 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
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Word Origin and History for idiosyncrasy n.
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.
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idiosyncrasy [ĭd′ē-ō-sĭng ′krə-sē] 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. Related forms id′i•o•syn•crat ( ′ic -sĭn-krăt) ′ĭk adj.
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