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idiosyncrasy

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We live everything as it comes, without warning, like an actor going on cold. And what can life be worth if the first rehearsal for life is life itself? That is why life is always a sketch. No sketch is not quite the right word, because a sketch is an outline of something, the groundwork for a picture, whereas the sketch that is our life is a sketch of nothing, an outline with no picture.
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Etymology

First attested in 1604, in modern sense since 1665, from Old French idiosyncrasie < Ancient Greek ἰδιοσυγκρασία (idiosunkrasia), odd temperament) < ἴδιος (idios), peculiar) + 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 way of behaving or 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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References

  • "idiosyncrasy" at The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.

idiosyncrasy” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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