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eccentric

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The aim of life is some way of living, as flexible and gentle as human nature; so that ambition may stoop to kindness, and philosophy to condor and humor. Neither prosperity nor empire nor heaven can be worth winning at the price of a virulent temper, bloody hands, an anguished spirit, and a vain hatred of the rest of the world.
George Santayana
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English

Etymology

From Latin eccentricus, literally out of centre, from Greek: ἔκκεντρος (ekkentros), not having the same centre.

Pronunciation

Adjective

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Positive
eccentric

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  1. Not at or in the centre.
  2. Not perfectly circular
    an eccentric or elliptical orbit
  3. Having a different center.
  4. Of a person, deviating from the norm; behaving unexpectedly or differently.
    "The recluse has become really eccentric over the years."
  5. (physiology) (of a motion) against or in the opposite direction of contraction of a muscle. (E.g. flexion of the lower arm while flexing the tricep; opening of the jaw while flexing the masseter). (Antonym: concentric)

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Quotations

  • 1956Arthur C. Clarke, The City and the Stars, p 40
    Khedron was the only other person in the city who could be called eccentric.

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Noun

Singular
eccentric

Plural
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  1. A disk or wheel with its axis off centre, giving a reciprocating motion.
  2. One who does not behave like others.
  3. (slang) a kook

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