a dynasty ruling in China a.d. 589–618.

sui generis

[soo-i ge-ne-ris; English soo-ahy jen-er-is, soo-ee]

adjective Latin.

of his, her, its, or their own kind; unique. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of sui

Historical Examples of sui

  • He wished to judge for himself about these emanations, sui generis.

  • We cross the Atlantic, and among the Greenlanders discover a myth, which is sui generis.

    Moon Lore

    Timothy Harley

  • It is sui generis; we know of none that can pretend to compare with it.

    Jungle Folk

    Douglas Dewar

  • Knowledge is sui generis, and, as such, cannot be explained.

    Kant's Theory of Knowledge

    Harold Arthur Prichard

  • Knowledge is sui generis and therefore a 'theory' of it is impossible.

    Kant's Theory of Knowledge

    Harold Arthur Prichard

British Dictionary definitions for sui

sui generis



Word Origin for sui generis

Latin, literally: of its own kind
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Word Origin and History for sui

sui generis

1787, Latin, literally "of one's own kind, peculiar." First element from sui, genitive of suus "his, her, its, one's," from Old Latin sovos, from PIE root *swe-, pronoun of the third person (see idiom).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

sui in Culture

sui generis

[(sooh-ee, sooh-eye jen-uh-ris)]

A person or thing that is unique, in a class by itself: “She is an original artist; each of her paintings is sui generis.” From Latin, meaning “of its own kind.”

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