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Definition a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual
  • We stumbled upon a charming town filled with idiosyncrasy and surprise.
  • The museum is idiosyncratic and interesting.
  • We had been an idiosyncratic, leaderless band in the summer, undirected except by the eccentric notions of Phineas.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • idiosyncratic = distinctive and peculiar
  • There was nothing idiosyncratic about Brinker unless you saw him from behind; I did as he turned to close the door after him.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • idiosyncratic = distinctive and peculiar to an individual
  • It was his idiosyncrasy.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Secret Agent
  • They know each tree, its whole history, everything that ever happened to it, its every idiosyncrasy.
    London, Jack  --  The Valley of the Moon
  • Every village has its idiosyncrasy, its constitution, often its own code of morality.
    Hardy, Thomas  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles - A Pure Woman
  • I acknowledge to this ridiculous idiosyncrasy, as a reason why I would give them a little more play.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Hard Times
  • After all, he was afraid only of the car and Link, and that fear was an idiosyncrasy.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • But she told me the crucial thing is to tell them the specific idiosyncratic ways in which I related to them.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • Many of these early moguls spoke idiosyncratic English.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • The opinions he expressed in print, argued with idiosyncratic logic, were all over the map.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • I knew I drove her crazy with my idiosyncrasies.
    Dave Peizer  --  A Man Named Dave
  • The young artist wearing his whiskers into the lobby of the Ritz will be glad to explain his idiosyncrasy.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • And when ordinary fellows like you and me attempt to cope with their idiosyncrasies the result is bungling.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • It depends on the personal idiosyncrasy of the patient towards that particular drug.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Thereupon promptly came to the surface that idiosyncrasy of Henchard's which had ruled his courses from the beginning and had mainly made him what he was.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • He is the only boy who knows his peculiarities, his idiosyncrasies, who knows how to get the best of him.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • CHAPTER XXV THE NEW ACQUAINTANCE DESCRIBED Idiosyncrasy and vicissitude had combined to stamp Sergeant Troy as an exceptional being.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • But the mind within was beginning to use it as a mere waste tablet whereon to trace its idiosyncrasies as they developed themselves.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native

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