idiosyncrasy

[ id-ee-uh-sing-kruh-see, -sin- ]SEE DEFINITION OF idiosyncrasy
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The Night (it must have been her idiosyncrasy) put her tongue out at them, too.

He did not even try to investigate this idiosyncrasy of his chief.

This idiosyncrasy his companion, de Spain, had learned to tolerate.

It was an idiosyncrasy of Jackson's to gather and take with him every filing.

Long and often did Lorna puzzle over this idiosyncrasy of her father.

The club had always respected this idiosyncrasy of Mrs. Plinth's.

He had most of the idiosyncrasy of Baxter, though not without the contemplation of Howe.

The only success worth one's powder was success in the line of one's idiosyncrasy.

His idiosyncrasy is merged in that of the personages he represents.

The cruelty of boys is an idiosyncrasy in their otherwise generous character.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1600, from French idiosyncrasie, from Greek idiosynkrasia "a peculiar temperament," from idios "one's own" (see idiom) + synkrasis "temperament, mixture of personal characteristics," from syn "together" (see syn-) + krasis "mixture" (see rare (adj.2)). Originally in English a medical term meaning "physical constitution of an individual." Mental sense first attested 1660s.

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