[ UK /ˌɪdɪˌɒsɪŋkɹˈætɪk/ ]
[ US /ˌɪdioʊˌsɪnˈkɹætɪk/ ]
  1. peculiar to the individual
    we all have our own idiosyncratic gestures
    Michelangelo's highly idiosyncratic style of painting
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How To Use idiosyncratic In A Sentence

  • Though never quite managing to hit commercial paydirt, Glasgow-born singer/songwriter John Martyn has carved out an acclaimed career by purveying an idiosyncratic mix of rock, folk and jazz.
  • In some ways, the self-taught writer could be called the Southern godmother of feminism, an autodidactic intellectual who carved out her singular role as a woman to be reckoned with on her on terms, in her own idiosyncratic ways, in the most hallowed and male-dominated coven in the country--the Halls of Congress--a generation before Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton emerged on the national stage. Jeff Biggers: "Office Holders Are Desperate": 180 Years Before HuffPo, Anne Royall's Wicked Blogs Held DC Accountable
  • But, you wouldn't know by looking, because he's an abrasive, arrogant, off-kilter man trying to make his idiosyncratic way in academia.
  • Stuff which is rather too much for most people, is an acquired taste which appeals to the lopsided and idiosyncratic. Times, Sunday Times
  • It is difficult to evaluate different systems because they are traditionally idiosyncratic depending on their particular area of specialisation.
  • An idiosyncratic use of spacing and punctuation has been part of this writer's equipage for several books, but here she uses these devices more subtly; the use of colons and brackets no longer feels daring, but necessary.
  • Along the way Gray offers idiosyncratic commentaries on Chaucer, Pepys, Gibbon, Milton and Burns.
  • Her use of the word is idiosyncratic, and while some may object that its elasticity and multiform character makes it suspect, others may find it a helpful way of conceiving of historical inquiry.
  • They do not hesitate to dress idiosyncratically, speak dramatically and in general cultivate affectations that would be bizarre in most other professions.
  • More specifically, there are signs that the photographer put an idiosyncratic and skeptical spin on his appropriation of various graphic tactics and values.
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