idiosyncratic

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From idiosyncrasy, +‎ -ic.

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idiosyncratic (comparative more idiosyncratic, superlative most idiosyncratic)

  1. Peculiar to a specific individual; eccentric.
    • 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson, chapter 9, in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde:
      At the time, I set it down to some idiosyncratic, personal distaste . . . but I have since had reason to believe the cause to lie much deeper in the nature of man.
    • 1891, George MacDonald, chapter 12, in The Flight of the Shadow:
      It was no merely idiosyncratic experience, for the youth had the same: it was love!
    • 1982, Michael Walsh, "Music: A Fresh Falstaff in Los Angeles," Time, 26 April:
      British Director Ronald Eyre kept the action crisp; he was correctly content to execute the composer's wishes, rather than impose a fashionably idiosyncratic view of his own.

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