peculiar people

plural noun
  1. the Jews as being God's chosen people. Deuteronomy 14:2.

  2. (usually initial capital letters) a name adopted by certain fundamentalist Christian sects, signifying their refusal to conform to any rule of conduct that is contrary to the letter or spirit of the Bible.

Origin of peculiar people

First recorded in 1485–95

Words Nearby peculiar people Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use peculiar people in a sentence

  • He has dwelt in the tents of the Mormonites; has been one of the peculiar people.

    Mystic London: | Charles Maurice Davies
  • No judgment which came upon God's peculiar people ever made a complete end of the nation.

    The Prophet Ezekiel | Arno C. Gaebelein
  • Such a modification in the social at once sets the members of the crowd off as a "peculiar people."

    The Behavior of Crowds | Everett Dean Martin
  • It is not easy to say what becomes of all these pious bards, who are a marked and peculiar people while they remain in residence.

    Oxford | Andrew Lang
  • The main purpose of Israel being made God's peculiar people has failed up to the present hour.

British Dictionary definitions for peculiar people

peculiar people

pl n
  1. (sometimes capitals) a small sect of faith healers founded in London in 1838, having no ministers or external organization

  2. the Jews considered as God's elect

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