idiosyncrasy

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Etymology[edit]

First attested in 1604, in modern sense since 1665, from Old French idiosyncrasie, from Ancient Greek ἰδιοσυγκρασία (idiosunkrasia, one’s own temperament), from ἴδιος (idios, one’s own) + σύν (sun, together) + κρᾶσις (krasis, temperament).

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  • IPA(key): /ˌɪd.i.əʊˈsɪŋ.krə.si/
  • IPA(key): /ˌɪdi.əˈsɪŋkɹəsi/

Noun[edit]

idiosyncrasy (plural idiosyncrasies)

  1. A behavior or way of thinking that is characteristic of a person.
  2. A language or behaviour that is particular to an individual or group.
  3. (medicine) A peculiar individual reaction to a generally innocuous substance or factor.
  4. A peculiarity that serves to distinguish or identify.
    He mastered the idiosyncrasies of English spelling.

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