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oddity

[od-i-tee]
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noun, plural odd·i·ties for 1, 3.
  1. an odd or remarkably unusual person, thing, or event.
  2. the quality of being odd; singularity, strangeness, or eccentricity.
  3. an odd characteristic or trait; peculiarity.
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Origin of oddity

First recorded in 1705–15; odd + -ity

Synonyms

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1. rarity, curiosity, wonder.
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Examples from the Web for oddity

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Historical Examples

  • Its oddity struck me, and remained impressed upon my memory.

  • But the oddity in the present case was that he said nothing.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • If he did not seem exactly interested, he certainly behaved with some oddity.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • There was no mention of the oddity of behavior of shiploads of surplus grain aloft.

    Pariah Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • The oddity and incongruity of her attire attracted attention.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine


British Dictionary definitions for oddity

oddity

noun plural -ties
  1. an odd person or thing
  2. an odd quality or characteristic
  3. the condition of being odd
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Word Origin and History for oddity

n.

1713, "odd characteristic or trait," a hybrid from odd + -ity. Meaning "odd person" is first recorded 1748.

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