[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.

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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Contemporary Examples of idiosyncratic

Historical Examples of idiosyncratic

  • The spelling and punctuation in the original are idiosyncratic and inconsistent.

  • Such a sentiment must, fortunately, be in some sense exceptional and idiosyncratic.

    Hours in a Library

    Leslie Stephen

  • There is much Idiosyncratic spelling in both English and German.

  • Perhaps for the first time in his life Edward Henry intimately understood what idiosyncratic elegance was.

    The Regent

    E. Arnold Bennett

  • The idiosyncratic appeal Tabitha Aykroyd made to Charlotte is related identically wherever she is portrayed.

    The Key to the Bront Works

    John Malham-Dembleby

British Dictionary definitions for idiosyncratic



of or relating to idiosyncrasy; characteristic of a specific person
Derived Formsidiosyncratically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for idiosyncratic

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper