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It is in many circumstances a troubling thing to belong to the advanced class of a backward nation. One surrenders coherence and begins a difficult process of choice which ends, often, in an eclectic idiosyncrasy.
George W. S. Trow

Meaning of "idiosyncrasy" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD IDIOSYNCRASY

From Greek idiosunkrasia, from idio- + sunkrasis mixture, temperament, from sun-syn- + kerannunai to mingle.
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PRONUNCIATION OF IDIOSYNCRASY

idiosyncrasy  [ˌɪdɪəʊˈsɪŋkrəsɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF IDIOSYNCRASY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Idiosyncrasy is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES IDIOSYNCRASY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Idiosyncrasy

An idiosyncrasy is an unusual feature of a person. It also means odd habit. The term is often used to express eccentricity or peculiarity. A synonym may be "quirk".

Definition of idiosyncrasy in the English dictionary

The first definition of idiosyncrasy in the dictionary is a tendency, type of behaviour, mannerism, etc, of a specific person; quirk. Other definition of idiosyncrasy is the composite physical or psychological make-up of a specific person. Idiosyncrasy is also an abnormal reaction of an individual to specific foods, drugs, or other agents.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH IDIOSYNCRASY


adhocracy
ædˈhɒkrəsɪ
aristocracy
ˌærɪˈstɒkrəsɪ
autocracy
ɔːˈtɒkrəsɪ
bureaucracy
bjʊəˈrɒkrəsɪ
cottonocracy
ˌkɒtəˈnɒkrəsɪ
democracy
dɪˈmɒkrəsɪ
demonocracy
ˌdiːmɒnˈɒkrəsɪ
dulocracy
duːˈlɒkrəsɪ
gerontocracy
ˌdʒɛrɒnˈtɒkrəsɪ
hypocrisy
hɪˈpɒkrəsɪ
kakistocracy
ˌkækɪˈstɒkrəsɪ
kleptocracy
ˌklɛpˈtɒkrəsɪ
mediocracy
ˌmiːdɪˈɒkrəsɪ
meritocracy
ˌmɛrɪˈtɒkrəsɪ
mobocracy
mɒˈbɒkrəsɪ
pedantocracy
ˌpedənˈtɒkrəsɪ
plutocracy
pluːˈtɒkrəsɪ
slavocracy
sleɪˈvɒkrəsɪ
technocracy
tɛkˈnɒkrəsɪ
theocracy
θɪˈɒkrəsɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE IDIOSYNCRASY

idiomorphism
idiopathic
idiopathies
idiopathy
idiophone
idiophonic
idioplasm
idioplasmatic
idioplasmic
idiosyncrasies
idiosyncratic
idiosyncratically
idiot
idiot board
idiot box
idiot savant
idiot strings
idiot tape
idiot-proof
idiotic

WORDS THAT END LIKE IDIOSYNCRASY

apostasy
creasy
easy
easy-peasy
ecstasy
euphrasy
fantasy
free and easy
greasy
jasy
Malagasy
non-greasy
phantasy
phrasy
queasy
speakeasy
stand easy
take it easy
theocrasy
uneasy

Synonyms and antonyms of idiosyncrasy in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «IDIOSYNCRASY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «idiosyncrasy» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of idiosyncrasy

Translation of «idiosyncrasy» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF IDIOSYNCRASY

Find out the translation of idiosyncrasy to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of idiosyncrasy from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «idiosyncrasy» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

特质
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

idiosincrasia
570 millions of speakers

English

idiosyncrasy
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

स्वभावगत
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الخصوصيات
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

индивидуальная непереносимость
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

idiossincrasia
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

মানসিক গঠন
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

particularité
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Idiosyncrasy
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Idiosynkrasie
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

特異体質
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

특이 체질
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Idiosyncrasy
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

tật riêng
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

தனி மன
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

स्वधर्मपणा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

idiyosenkrazi
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

idiosincrasia
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

idiosyncrasy
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

індивідуальна непереносимість
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

idiosincrasie
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ιδιοσυγκρασία
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

idiosinkrasie
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

egenhet
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

idiosynkrasier
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of idiosyncrasy

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «IDIOSYNCRASY»

The term «idiosyncrasy» is regularly used and occupies the 64.956 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «IDIOSYNCRASY» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about idiosyncrasy

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2 QUOTES WITH «IDIOSYNCRASY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word idiosyncrasy.
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Caroline Knapp
Solitude is a breeding ground for idiosyncrasy, and I relish that about it, the way it liberates whim.
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George W. S. Trow
It is in many circumstances a troubling thing to belong to the advanced class of a backward nation. One surrenders coherence and begins a difficult process of choice which ends, often, in an eclectic idiosyncrasy.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «IDIOSYNCRASY»

Discover the use of idiosyncrasy in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to idiosyncrasy and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Group Dynamics
Idiosyncrasy Credits In Twelve Angry Men, Juror #8 was influential, but so was Juror #11. That juror voted guilty on the first ballot, as did the other 10 jurors. But, when Juror #8 noted several conflicting aspects of the evidence, Juror #11 ...
Donelson Forsyth, 2009
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A "splendid idiosyncrasy": prehistory at Cambridge 1915-50
Who considered themselves professionals? Who preferred to be defined as amateur and how did the self-identity of archaeologists change? This work focuses on one small crucial beginning of this fascinating evolutionary process.
Pamela Jane Smith, 2009
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The politics of economic and monetary union: integration and ...
Or will the euro collapse as conflicts between participating countries work to tear the European economic and monetary union apart? The Politics of Economic and Monetary Union offers surprising answers to these questions.
Erik Jones, 2002
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English Word-Formation
4.3.4 Idiosyncrasy The relationship between the derived nominal and the corresponding verb is often idiosyncratic. This is true both in morphological terms (Chomsky, 1970: 190) and in semantic terms (ibid.: 189). 4.3.4.1 Morphological ...
Laurie Bauer, 1983
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Cellules Hépatiques Et Médicaments
The clinical features suggesting metabolic idiosyncrasy are indicated in Table 3. The main clinical argument for this mechanism of hepatotoxicity are the administration of a drug known to be an enzyme inducer (e.g., barbiturates, ...
André Guillouzo, 1988
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The Bass Handbook of Leadership: Theory, Research, and ...
The exchange results in the follower's compliance for the leader's assistance in pointing the way toward the attainment of mutual goals. Idiosyncrasy Credit In real life, there is no experimenter to reinforce the attempts of one member rather ...
Bernard M. Bass, Ruth Bass, 2009
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A Dictionary of Modern English Usage: The Classic First Edition
idiosyncrasy, -cratic. The right spelling (-sy, not -cy) is of some importance, since the wrong distorts the meaning, for all who have a tincture of Greek & so might otherwise grasp it, by suggesting a false connexion with autocracy & the many ...
H. W. Fowler, David Crystal, 2009
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Contemporary Leadership Theories: Enhancing the ...
The idiosyncrasy credit model of leadership (e.g., Hollander 1958, 1960, 1980, 1992, 1993, 2006, 2008) builds upon the awareness that leadership is an outcome of shared interpersonal perceptions. To become a leader in a given group is ...
Ingo Winkler, 2010
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Social Work with Groups: A Comprehensive Workbook
Idiosyncrasy Credits Every member of a group gains credits (and increased status) by exhibiting competence and conforming to the expectations applicable at a given time. Eventually, these credits allow a person to break the norms and rules ...
Charles Zastrow, 2008
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Cognitive Linguistics: Basic Readings
Lexical idiosyncrasy There remains room for a degree of lexical idiosyncrasy. One expected source of idiosyncrasy stems from the fact that the determination of which narrowly-defined class a given verb belongs in is not always entirely ...
Dirk Geeraerts, 2006

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «IDIOSYNCRASY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term idiosyncrasy is used in the context of the following news items.
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Swamp Radio brings artists together | StAugustine.com
The heat, the history, the idiosyncrasy — it's fun to put those elements together to see what happens.” The show not only highlights artists, but ... «St. Augustine Record, Jul 15»
2
The best American film directors, from Robert Altman to Robert …
The word “auteur” doesn't quite convey the deep idiosyncrasy and blazing originality of Lynch's vision. Nearly every cineaste can tell a story of ... «A.V. Club, Jul 15»
3
The Dilemma of Justice in Egypt
Hence, we must go past the idiosyncrasy of this incident and address the problem without being drawn into narrow polarized societal debates. «International Policy Digest, Jul 15»
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McGuirk: 'Housing for people in need - the big void in today's thinking'
It is an inventive approach to low cost housing not searching for the perfect urban model but creating life out of idiosyncrasy and imperfection, ... «Architects' Journal, Jul 15»
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Will Loring Cornish's mosaic monument to the uprising withstand …
Mostly, I had grown used to it as a familiar idiosyncrasy of the streetscape. It was somewhere in between the goofy TARDIS from “Doctor Who” ... «Baltimore City Paper, Jul 15»
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The Wonders
... winner from Italian director Alice Rohrwacher (Corpo Celeste) that deftly marries naturalism and idiosyncrasy. Her second narrative feature is ... «The List, Jul 15»
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Free to pray - but don't try to convert anyone
Since Sunday is a working day, one idiosyncrasy of Christian worship here is that the main services are held on a Friday, for many people their ... «BBC News, Jul 15»
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Well played, my furry friend, well played
Some people might go so far as to say fetish, but I prefer to think of it as a delightful little idiosyncrasy, a funny little thing he does that — oh ... «The Daily Telegraph, Jul 15»
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Ashes 2015: 8 things we learned on day 3 as England set Australia …
Stokes has an idiosyncrasy when batting, where he drags his bat along the crease at the end of the over. A bit like Jonathan Trott, but nowhere ... «Mirror.co.uk, Jul 15»
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Art City Tour, Progressive Rock Concert and other happenings …
Students from Rocio Escobar Photography School present exhibition that shows Tico idiosyncrasy through photographs taken in markets, street ... «The Tico Times, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Idiosyncrasy [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/idiosyncrasy>. Aug 2020 ».
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