[id-ee-oh-sin-krat-ik, -sing-]


pertaining to the nature of idiosyncrasy, or something peculiar to an individual: The best minds are idiosyncratic and unpredictable as they follow the course of scientific discovery.

Nearby words

  1. idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura,
  2. idiopathy,
  3. idiophone,
  4. idioplasm,
  5. idiosyncrasy,
  6. idiot,
  7. idiot board,
  8. idiot box,
  9. idiot card,
  10. idiot savant

Related formsid·i·o·syn·crat·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for idiosyncratic



of or relating to idiosyncrasy; characteristic of a specific person
Derived Formsidiosyncratically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for idiosyncratic



1779, from idiosyncrasy + -ic. Earlier in same sense was idiosyncratical (1640s). Related: Idiosyncratically.

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