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Definition unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits

Much more rarely, in technical usage, eccentric can mean "not concentric".
  • She's a little eccentric, but we don't mind because she's the best player on the team.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
  • The home was built and then abandoned by an eccentric billionaire.
  • eccentric = unconventional or strange
  • In this country, eccentricity is not a punishable offense.
  • She can afford eccentricity.
  • Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd.
    Edith Sitwell
  • But Mabel put the capital E in eccentric, especially in this small, conservative southern town, and it wasn't simply because she had a couple of harmless quirks.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • eccentric = unconventional or strange
  • he is a very rich Englishman, eccentric almost to insanity, and his real name is Lord Wilmore.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • eccentric = unconventional
  • He's quite elderly, you know. And eccentric, the way rich people sometimes are.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • eccentric = obviously unconventional or strange
  • One might say he typified the phrase 'eccentric genius.'
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • eccentric = unconventional or strange
  • Sure, my dad has a drinking problem and my mom can be a little eccentric, but they make sacrifices for me.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • eccentric = unconventional or strange
  • Now that Ruth could no longer blame her mother's problems on the eccentricities of her personality, she saw the signs of dementia everywhere.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • eccentricities = unconventional or strange behaviors
  • He was rather eccentric, a little crazy, I think.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • eccentric = unconventional or strange
  • It may occur to you that I am eccentric, perhaps mad.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • eccentric = unconventional or strange
  • Well, how can any one tell what's eccentric and what's crazy?
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • eccentric = unconventional or strange
  • She announced to her husband (whom she now considered a difficult drunk rather than an eccentric) that she was leaving him.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • eccentric = unconventional or strange
  • You know, eccentric artist and all that.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • eccentric = unconventional or strange
  • With time, the queries about our adopted— and decidedly eccentric—little boy had mercifully ceased, and, considering how tactless Afghan queries can be sometimes, that was a considerable relief.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • eccentric = unconventional or strange
  • ...and our classmates mercifully let us forget our father's eccentricities.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • eccentricities = strange behaviors
  • month after month she became more eccentric and unreliable.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • eccentric = unconventional or strange
  • You know that Mr. Fogg is very eccentric.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
eccentric = unconventional or strange

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