peculiarity

Definitions

  • What a peculiar doctor
    What a peculiar doctor
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n peculiarity something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting
    • n peculiarity a distinguishing trait
    • n peculiarity an odd or unusual characteristic
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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.
    • Peculiarity Exclusive possession or right.
    • Peculiarity That which is peculiar; a special and distinctive characteristic or habit; particularity. "The smallest peculiarity of temper or manner."
    • Peculiarity The quality or state of being peculiar; individuality; singularity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n peculiarity Private ownership; proprietorship; prerogative.
    • n peculiarity That which is peculiar to or characteristic of a person or thing; a special characteristic or belonging.
    • n peculiarity The quality of being peculiar; individuality.
    • n peculiarity Synonyms Characteristic, idiosyncrasy, singularity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Peculiarity quality of being peculiar or singular: that which is found in one and in no other: that which marks a person off from others: individuality
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Quotations

  • Abraham Lincoln
    Abraham%20Lincoln
    “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
    Ambrose%20Bierce
    “Fidelity. A virtue peculiar to those who are about to be betrayed.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    Marcus%20T.%20Cicero
    “It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own.”
  • John Updike
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    “Government is either organized benevolence or organized madness; its peculiar magnitude permits no shading.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. peculiarispeculium, private property.

Usage

In literature:

These varied in the different parts of the world, according to the peculiarities in the conditions of the masters.
"Domesticated Animals" by Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
Each, then, of these styles has its peculiar significance, each is perfect in its way.
"On the Old Road Vol. 1 (of 2)" by John Ruskin
Peculiar Feature in the Meeting at Madisonville.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
At the same time it is, if we may judge by extracts in the papers, marked by the admirable peculiarities of her writing.
"The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 3, February, 1851" by Various
He had a certain tolerance for the peculiarities of others, and he accepted Mackintosh as a queer fish.
"The Trembling of a Leaf" by William Somerset Maugham
By the peculiar properties which result from them.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
In journeying inland we are struck with many peculiarities showing how entirely opposite to our own methods are many of theirs.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou
Now, this bird has a peculiar voice.
"A Bird-Lover in the West" by Olive Thorne Miller
I spent it to some profit in examining the peculiar craft in which I had embarked.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
No doubt each suite of rooms had its peculiar keeper.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
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In poetry:

I've said enough — I'll let him go!
If he could read these verses,
He'd pepper me for hours, I know,
With his peculiar curses.
"Billy Vickers" by Henry Kendall
Where Art may blossom strong and free,
And Pleasure furl her silken wing,
And every laden moment be
A precious and peculiar thing?
"A Home" by Susan Coolidge
We are a garden walled around,
Chosen and made peculiar ground;
A little spot enclosed by grace
Out of the world's wide wilderness.
"Hymn 74" by Isaac Watts
SECOND PRIEST.
Every moment, as it flows, Some peculiar pleasure owes;
Then let us, providently wise,
Seize the debtor as it flies.
"The Captivity" by Oliver Goldsmith
He shakes the heav'ns with loud alarms;
How terrible is God in arms!
In Isr'el are his mercies known,
Isr'el is his peculiar throne.
"Psalm 68 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Friendship! peculiar boon of Heaven,
The noble mind's delight and pride,
To men and angels only given,
To all the lower world denied.
"Friendship" by Samuel Johnson

In news:

Wes Anderson draws viewers into young couple's charming, peculiar ' Moonrise Kingdom'.
Peculiar perfumes, lip tattoos and more odd style trends.
Peculiar perfumes and sticky solutions.
Serious paintballers rank their favorite splatter spots according to their own peculiar rating systems.
The Clever One A peculiar bird with a special talent.
Raymore- Peculiar 51, Joplin 21, final - 1 Hours Ago.
Raymore- Peculiar senior speechless after winning Evelyn Gates Award.
Raymore- Peculiar senior Cheyanne Lyons wins Evelyn Gates Award.
Raymore- Peculiar High School volleyball player Cheyanne Lyons won the 2012 Evelyn Gates Award on Thursday as the best player in the metro area.
Editor's choice: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
Kepler's Ongoing Exoplanet Findings Show Bizarre Solar Systems And Peculiar Planets.
Uncovering Tech's Most Peculiar Product Codenames.
'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children': Enter at your own risk.
Peculiar also might describe how it looks that a significant portion of the population surveyed by the Public Religion Research Institute simultaneously identify with both the terms "pro-choice" and "pro-life" to describe themselves.
Comic-Con: Yen Press to Publish Comics Adaptation of 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children'.
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In science:

The bicrossproduct basis is peculiar as κ-Poincar´e acts covariantly on a space that is necessarily deformed and noncommutative.
Generalized Weyl systems and kappa-Minkowski space
This situation reproduces precisely what happens with the perturbations of the Einstein equations in an AdS background: the perturbed gravitons are shown to have a mass with exactly this peculiar value.
The mass of the graviton and the cosmological constant
HgMn stars are chemically peculiar stars for which periodic variability has not been found as of yet.
Searching for Line Profile Variability in HgMn Stars
SmallWorld behavior was found to be non-logarithmic but power-law in this model, we discuss the reason for this peculiar scaling.
Small-Worlds, Mazes and Random Walks
This peculiar result is due to the already mentioned frequency dependence of the ”optical potential”.
Coherent Random Lasing and "Almost Localized" Photon Modes
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