• What a peculiar doctor
    What a peculiar doctor
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj peculiar characteristic of one only; distinctive or special "the peculiar character of the Government of the U.S."- R.B.Taney"
    • adj peculiar markedly different from the usual "a peculiar hobby of stuffing and mounting bats","a man...feels it a peculiar insult to be taunted with cowardice by a woman"-Virginia Woolf"
    • adj peculiar beyond or deviating from the usual or expected "a curious hybrid accent","her speech has a funny twang","they have some funny ideas about war","had an odd name","the peculiar aromatic odor of cloves","something definitely queer about this town","what a rum fellow","singular behavior"
    • adj peculiar unique or specific to a person or thing or category "the particular demands of the job","has a particular preference for Chinese art","a peculiar bond of sympathy between them","an expression peculiar to Canadians","rights peculiar to the rich","the special features of a computer","my own special chair"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A jynx is a woodpecker, also know as the wryneck because of its peculiar habit of twisting its neck.
    • Peculiar (Eng. Canon Law) A particular parish or church which is exempt from the jurisdiction of the ordinary.
    • Peculiar One's own; belonging solely or especially to an individual; not possessed by others; of private, personal, or characteristic possession and use; not owned in common or in participation. "And purify unto himself a peculiar people.""Hymns . . . that Christianity hath peculiar unto itself."
    • Peculiar Particular; individual; special; appropriate. "While each peculiar power forgoes his wonted seat.""My fate is Juno's most peculiar care."
    • Peculiar That which is peculiar; a sole or exclusive property; a prerogative; a characteristic. "Revenge is . . . the peculiar of Heaven."
    • Peculiar Unusual; singular; rare; strange; as, the sky had a peculiar appearance. "Beauty, which, either walking or asleep,
      Shot forth peculiar graces."
      "For naught so vile that on the earth doth live,
      But to the earth some special good doth give."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • peculiar One's own; pertaining to one, not to many; of private, personal, or characteristic possession and use; with to, belonging specially or particularly.
    • peculiar … Particular; distinct; individual.
    • peculiar Special; particular; select.
    • peculiar Singular; unusual; uncommon; odd: as, the man has something peculiar in his manner.
    • peculiar A religious denomination found in Essex, Sussex, Surrey, and principally in Kent, England, which believes that one may immediately cease from sin and become perfect in moral life and in spiritual perception. They therefore have no preachers, creeds, ordinances, or church organization. They also profess to rely wholly upon prayer for the cure of disease. Also called Plumstead Peculiars, from the place in which the sect originated. Synonyms Particular, etc. See special.
    • n peculiar Exclusive property; that which belongs to one to the exclusion of others.
    • n peculiar A person or thing that is peculiar: as, the Plumstead Peculiars.
    • n peculiar In canon law, a particular parish or church which is exempted from the jurisdiction of the ordinary or bishop in whose diocese it lies, such as a royal peculiar (a sovereign's free chapel, exempt from any jurisdiction but that of the sovereign); a parish or church pertaining to an archbishop, bishop, dean, chapter, or prebendary, etc., which is not under the jurisdiction of the bishop of the diocese in which it is situated, but under that of some other archbishop, bishop, dean, etc.
    • n peculiar In colonial and provincial Massachusetts, a parish, precinct, or district not yet erected into a town; a portion set off from a town and made independent of it in respect to all or most matters of local administration, but not in respect to choosing a representative to the General Court.
    • n peculiar A mistress.
    • n peculiar In Oxford, a nickname for an Evangelical.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Peculiar pē-kūl′yar one's own: belonging to no other: appropriate: particular: odd, uncommon, strange
    • n Peculiar (obs.) private property: a parish or church exempt from the jurisdiction of the ordinary or bishop in whose diocese it is placed
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  • Abraham Lincoln
    “Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition.”
  • Jack Kerouac
    Jack Kerouac
    “It is not my fault that certain so-called bohemian elements have found in my writings something to hang their peculiar beatnik theories on.”
  • Grace Paley
    Grace Paley
    “All that is really necessary for survival of the fittest, it seems, is an interest in life, good, bad or peculiar.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Fidelity. A virtue peculiar to those who are about to be betrayed.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own.”
  • John Updike
    “Government is either organized benevolence or organized madness; its peculiar magnitude permits no shading.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. peculiaris, fr. peculium, private property, akin to pecunia, money: cf. OF. peculier,. See Pecuniary


In literature:

It has a special character peculiar to each of the new states of personality.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
In some respects the evidence of inheritance is more striking when we consider the reappearance of trifling peculiarities.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
The junior Senator, George Sylvester Brander, was a man of peculiar mold.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
This plant is quite variable in many of its peculiar characteristics, yet it usually has enough to readily distinguish it.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
It is not the magnitude of the present contest which constitutes its greatest peculiarity.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No IV, April 1863" by Various
Its peculiar situation makes it liable to floods each recurring spring.
"Aztec Land" by Maturin M. Ballou
There is a singular sense in which the child may peculiarly be said to be father of the man.
"Modern Painters Volume I (of V)" by John Ruskin
The bill is very peculiar, being quite deep and rounded and having an upward tendency.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
His chief peculiarity lay in his dread of pain to himself.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
This peculiarity appears to be caused by the thinness and semitransparency of the supposed layers.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture

In poetry:

Each shining light above us
Has its own peculiar grace;
But every light of heaven
Is in my darling's face.
"The Light Of Love" by John Hay
Babbling echo, or the tale
Of the love-lorn Nightingale;
Hither, airy spirits, come,
This is your peculiar home.
"Inscription In A Beautiful Retreat Called Fairy Bower" by Hannah More
Said Mr. Smith, “I really cannot
Tell you, Dr. Jones—
The most peculiar pain I’m in—
I think it’s in my bones.”
"Bones" by Walter de la Mare
Whene'er thou worshippest the Pow'r divine,
Let ev'ry one unto the room repair,
And that none there's indiff'rent or supine,
Do thou thyself take a peculiar care.
"Advice To Ev'ry Master Of A Family, To Govern His House In A Religious Manner" by Rees Prichard
By life tormented, and by cunning hope,
When my soul surrenders in its battle with them,
Day and night I press my eyelids closed
And sometimes I'm vouchsafed peculiar visions.
"By Life Tormented" by Afanasy Afanasevich Fet
Stop here, my Muse!—Peculiar woes descry!
Bid 'em in sad succession strike thy eye!
Lo, to her eye the sad succession springs!
She looks, she weeps, and, as she weeps, she sings.
"An Epistle Of The Right Honourable Sir Robert Walpole" by Richard Savage

In news:

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs Quirk Books 351 pp.
The Right's Peculiar Obsession With Jeremiah Wright.
The Peculiar Steve Wheeler Was Indeed the Real Thing.
Sassy is a 2-year-old Toy Australian Shepherd from peculiar , MO.
The US may now be a nation of shareholders, but they're shareholders of a peculiarly populist sort.
A Home for Peculiar Children.
The Peculiar Origins of the Performance Review, and Other HR Bureaucracy.
The Peculiar Rules of Our Game.
Tales of A Peculiar People.
Well, aren't we peculiar .
Paul Ryan's Peculiar Definition of Bipartisanship.
Peculiar proliferation of Palestine refugees.
Japan's Peculiar Subculture of Fur-Suit Mascots.
The Pursuit of a Peculiar Pleasure.
Stefan Bachmann's 'The Peculiar ', striking writing that touches on heavier themes.

In science:

The absence of pairing in the presence of a strong twobody force is peculiar to our model and is not shared by nuclear shell models with random interactions.
Spin Structure of Many-Body Systems with Two-Body Random Interactions
Most of the important peculiarities occur in the special regions of concentrations in the vicinity of different phase boundaries on phase diagram.
Random field based model of mixed ferroelectrics phase diagram
The parameters related to nonlinearity coefficients play an important role in description of peculiar form of BZT phase diagram because they are ”responsible” for Tc (x) maxima.
Random field based model of mixed ferroelectrics phase diagram
Given the peculiar properties of the ADHM construction at the boundary of the moduli space, this might lead to recursion relations among correlators computed at different winding number.
Multi-Instanton Calculus in Supersymmetric Theories
Figure 8: Histogram of the absolute peculiar velocities of galaxies.
A simple model of the hierarchical formation of galaxies