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  • Relating to idiosyncrasy; peculiar or individual.

    ‘she emerged as one of the great, idiosyncratic talents of the nineties’
    • ‘Always an idiosyncratic individualist, he seems to have introduced his own pronunciations for the names of players.’
    • ‘It is idiosyncratic to the individual carer, staff member, or nursing home.’
    • ‘It remains to be seen whether Irish television can prove a sympathetic home for more idiosyncratic talents than that.’
    • ‘He dapples and sprays his canvas with sound, and the fact he is self-taught makes his music even more idiosyncratic and unique.’
    • ‘They're just so idiosyncratic and quirky - and yet, they're also still being made.’
    • ‘When a lot of diverse people pursue their idiosyncratic interests, unexpected things happen.’
    • ‘And the picture is made more confused by McLean's own idiosyncratic personality.’
    • ‘Penn does a marvelous job in fleshing out the little idiosyncratic elements of his character.’
    • ‘His fans long ago came to terms with the intensely coded, idiosyncratic and bizarre thing that is Dylan.’
    • ‘However grand or private or idiosyncratic a state of affairs I have in mind, I can go on hoping for it in the only way that remains possible to me.’
    • ‘She is warm, funny, idiosyncratic and a dedicated people watcher.’
    • ‘The other type of risk is idiosyncratic risk, or risk that is unique to an individual in the market.’
    • ‘You get the sense that you were surrounded by idiosyncratic and iconoclastic people.’
    • ‘Nor does she swamp the material with idiosyncratic, personal embellishments.’
    • ‘The differences are sometimes idiosyncratic, but they may also reflect deeper divisions of allegiance.’
    • ‘And that, as much as its unlikely origins, sums up the idiosyncratic charms of a unique golfing venue.’
    • ‘The aim of linguistic research is to discover the general rules, not to list the idiosyncratic and the irregular.’
    • ‘One longs for less to distract you from his unique world-view and wonderfully idiosyncratic voice.’
    • ‘The author has a distinctive, idiosyncratic style that draws you in and keeps you reading.’
    • ‘His operating model is thus entirely personal, and entirely idiosyncratic.’
    distinctive, individual, characteristic, distinct, distinguishing, peculiar, individualistic, different, typical, special, specific, representative, unique, personal, private, essential
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/ˌidēəsiNGˈkradik/ /ˌɪdiəsɪŋˈkrædɪk/


Mid 18th century from idio- + Greek sunkratikos ‘mixed together’, after idiosyncrasy.