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Etymology

First attested in 1604, in modern sense since 1665, from Old French idiosyncrasie < Ancient Greek ἰδιοσυγκρασία (idiosunkrasia), one’s own temperament) < ἴδιος (idios), one’s own) + σύν (sun), together) + κράσις (krasis), temperament).

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˌɪd.i.əʊˈsɪŋ.krə.si/, SAMPA: /%Id.i.@U"sIN.kr@.si/
  • IPA: /ˌɪdi.əˈsɪŋkɹəsi/

Noun

Singular
Idiosyncrasy

Plural
idiosyncras

Idiosyncrasy (idiosyncras)
  1. A behavior or way of thinking that is characteristic of a person.
  2. A language or behaviour that is particular to an individual or group.
  3. (medicine) A peculiar individual reaction to a generally innocuous substance or factor.
  4. A peculiarity that serves to distinguish or identify.
    He mastered the idiosyncrasies of English spelling.

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