[ id-ee-oh-sin-krat-ik, -sing- ]
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  1. 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.

Origin of idiosyncratic

First recorded in 1750–60; equivalent to idio- + Greek sýnkrat(os) “closely united” + -ic; cf. syn-, crater

Other words from idiosyncratic

  • id·i·o·syn·crat·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use idiosyncratic in a sentence

  • Nor is the sketch of Catherine complete even idiosyncratically, leaving her politics out of the question.

    Great Catherine | George Bernard Shaw
  • These colours were chosen perhaps more idiosyncratically in this case than in the others.

    Goblins and Pagodas | John Gould Fletcher

British Dictionary definitions for idiosyncratic


/ (ˌɪdɪəʊsɪŋˈkrætɪk) /

  1. of or relating to idiosyncrasy; characteristic of a specific person

Derived forms of idiosyncratic

  • idiosyncratically, adverb

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