Idiosyncrasy
Idiosyncrasy Id`i*o*syn"cra*sy, n.; pl. {Idiosyncrasies}. [Gr. ?; 'i`dios proper, peculiar + ? a mixing together, fr. ? to mix together; ? with + ? to mix: cf. F. idiosyncrasie. See {Idiom}, and {Crasis}.] A peculiarity of physical or mental constitution or temperament; a characteristic belonging to, and distinguishing, an individual; characteristic susceptibility; idiocrasy; eccentricity. [1913 Webster]

The individual mind . . . takes its tone from the idiosyncrasies of the body. --I. Taylor.


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Idiosyncrasy — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Idiosyncrasy Información personal Origen Japón Información artística Género(s) …   Wikipedia Español

  • Idiosyncrasy — Idiosyncrasy, from Greek ιδιοσυγκρασία, idiosunkrasia , a peculiar temperament , habit of body ( idios one s own and syn krasis mixture ) is defined as an individualizing quality or characteristic of a person or group, and is often used to… …   Wikipedia

  • idiosyncrasy — [id΄ē ō siŋ′krə sē, id΄ē ōsin′krə sē] n. pl. idiosyncrasies [Gr idiosynkrasia < idio , one s own, peculiar (see IDIO ) + synkrasis, a mixing together, tempering < synkerannynai, to mix together < syn , together + kerannynai, to mix <… …   English World dictionary

  • idiosyncrasy — index characteristic, disposition (inclination), feature (characteristic), identity (individuality), irregularity …   Law dictionary

  • idiosyncrasy — (n.) c.1600, from Fr. idiosyncrasie, from Gk. idiosynkrasia a peculiar temperament, from idios one s own (see IDIOM (Cf. idiom)) + synkrasis temperament, mixture of personal characteristics, from syn together + krasis mixture. Originally in… …   Etymology dictionary

  • idiosyncrasy — *eccentricity Analogous words: peculiarity, individuality, distinctiveness or distinction, characteristicness or characteristic (see corresponding adjectives at CHARACTERISTIC): manner, way, *method, mode: mannerism, affectation, *pose …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • idiosyncrasy — meaning ‘an individual s particular habit or mode of behaviour’, is derived from the Greek words idio ‘own, peculiar’, sun ‘together’, and krasis ‘mixture’ and so its etymological meaning is ‘a peculiar mixing together’. It is wrong to spell it… …   Modern English usage

  • idiosyncrasy — [n] oddity, quirk affectation, bit, characteristic, distinction, eccentricity, feature, habit, mannerism, peculiarity, singularity, trait, trick; concepts 411,644 …   New thesaurus

  • idiosyncrasy — ► NOUN (pl. idiosyncrasies) 1) a way of behaving or thinking peculiar to an individual. 2) a distinctive characteristic of a thing. ORIGIN Greek idiosunkrasia, from idios own + sun with + krasis mixture …   English terms dictionary

  • idiosyncrasy — 1. An individual mental, behavioral, or physical characteristic or peculiarity. 2. In pharmacology, an abnormal reaction to a drug, sometimes specified as genetically determined. [G. idiosynkrasia, fr. idios, one s own, + synkrasis, a mixing… …   Medical dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”