idiosyncrasy

Part of speech: noun

A constitutional peculiarity.

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Usage examples "idiosyncrasy":

  1. I am not sure, however, that it necessitates the highest genius, but rather a special idiosyncrasy in genius which the highest may or may not have. - "The Parisians, Book 6.", Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
  2. But instead of noisy idiosyncrasy we want the calm of national character in our art. - "Modern Painting", George Moore.
  3. Unfortunately we know nothing of the seasonal changes which take place in freshwater sponges in S. Africa, but the difference between these changes in Europe and in India shows that they are dependent on environment as well as the idiosyncrasy of the species. - "Freshwater Sponges, Hydroids & Polyzoa", Nelson Annandale.