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peculiar people

plural noun
  1. the Jews as being God's chosen people. Deut. 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.
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Origin of peculiar people

First recorded in 1485–95
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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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