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[ pi-kyoo-lee-ar-i-tee, -kyool-yar- ]


, plural pe·cu·li·ar·i·ties.
  1. a trait, manner, characteristic, or habit that is odd or unusual.

    Synonyms: idiosyncrasy

  2. oddity; singularity; eccentricity.

    Synonyms: irregularity

  3. a distinguishing quality or characteristic.
  4. the quality or condition of being peculiar.


/ pɪˌkjuːlɪˈærɪtɪ /


  1. a strange or unusual habit or characteristic
  2. a distinguishing trait, etc that is characteristic of a particular person; idiosyncrasy
  3. the state or quality of being peculiar

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Word History and Origins

Origin of peculiarity1

First recorded in 1600–10; from Late Latin pecūliāritās “private property, special care,” a derivative of pecūliāris peculiar + -itas -ity ( def )

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Example Sentences

This gives planners the information they need to make informed decisions about curbside policy tailored to their city’s peculiarities.

She was the exception to rules she didn’t really notice — until one day, while she was still an assistant, someone at a meeting made her individuality into a peculiarity.

It might take you a little while to master the peculiarities of baking bread in winter.

Paying attention to the brain’s peculiarities can, in other words, be insightful, not counter-productive.

A far more troubling circumstantial peculiarity is the notion that mold and other pollutants—often found in old buildings—can mess with people’s minds.

“The peculiarity of this book is that I never saw it coming,” Burke said.

Adding to the peculiarity of the case is the lack of motive.

Not a few of these are extremely beautiful, and are well worth growing on this account, quite apart from their peculiarity.

I've spoke to my missus about it and she has noticed the same thing since she was a girl—so it must be a peculiarity.

If you memorise the Correlation, you will recall the Name whenever you think of this Peculiarity (whatever struck you about him).

The peculiarity about a homestead is, it is protected by law from seizure by the owner's creditors.

The peculiarity of these bodies is that they appear in most cases to be more or less completely vaporous.


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