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idiosyncrasy

id·i·o·syn·cra·sy

idiosyncrasy

 
pronunciation:
I di o sIng kr si
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part of speech: noun
inflections: idiosyncrasies
definition 1: a characteristic of temperament, habit, or physical structure particular to a given individual or group; peculiarity.
Growing antlers is an idiosyncrasy of female reindeer; in general, female deer do not grow antlers.One of the inventor's idiosyncrasies was that he rarely felt the need to sleep.Scrunching up her nose was an idiosyncrasy of hers that we often teased her about.
similar words:
characteristic, mannerism, peculiarity, quirk, twist
definition 2: a particular aspect of an individual's physiology, esp. an allergy or susceptibility to a drug.
derivations: idiosyncratic (adj.), idiosyncratically (adv.)
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The word idiosyncrasy contains the following part:
idio Greek root that means particular or personal to; distinct