What does idiosyncrasy mean?

Definitions for idiosyncrasyˌɪd i əˈsɪŋ krə si, -ˈsɪn-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word idiosyncrasy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. idiosyncrasy, foible, mannerism(noun)

    a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual


  1. idiosyncrasy(Noun)

    A behavior or way of thinking that is characteristic of a person.

  2. idiosyncrasy(Noun)

    A language or behaviour that is particular to an individual or group.

  3. idiosyncrasy(Noun)

    A peculiar individual reaction to a generally innocuous substance or factor.

  4. idiosyncrasy(Noun)

    A peculiarity that serves to distinguish or identify.

    He mastered the idiosyncrasies of English spelling.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Idiosyncrasy(noun)

    a peculiarity of physical or mental constitution or temperament; a characteristic belonging to, and distinguishing, an individual; characteristic susceptibility; idiocrasy; eccentricity

  2. Origin: [Gr. ; 'i`dios proper, peculiar + a mixing together, fr. to mix together; with + to mix: cf. F. idiosyncrasie. See Idiom, and Crasis.]


  1. Idiosyncrasy

    An idiosyncrasy is an unusual feature of a person. It also means odd habit. The term is often used to express eccentricity or peculiarity. A synonym may be "quirk".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Idiosyncrasy

    id-i-o-sin′kra-si, n. peculiarity of temperament or constitution; crotchet or peculiar view, any characteristic of a person.—adj. Idiosyncrat′ic. [Gr. idios, one's own, syncrasis, a mixing together—syn, together, krasis, a mixing.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of idiosyncrasy in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of idiosyncrasy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Henry James:

    The only success worth one's powder was success in the line of one's idiosyncrasy . what was talent but the art of being completely whatever one happened to be

  2. Guy Kawasaki:

    A crash is when your competitor's program dies. When your program dies, it is an 'idiosyncrasy'. Frequently, crashes are followed with a message like 'ID 02'. 'ID' is an abbreviation for idiosyncrasy and the number that follows indicates how many more months of testing the product should have had.

Images & Illustrations of idiosyncrasy

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Translations for idiosyncrasy

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • خصوصيةArabic
  • overfølsomhed, idiosynkratisk, særpræg, særegenhed, idiosynkrasi, særhedDanish
  • Eigenheit, Idiosynkrasie, Eigenart, besonderes MerkmalGerman
  • ευαισθησία, νοοτροπία, ιδιοσυγκρασίαGreek
  • idiosincrasiaSpanish
  • ominaispiirre, yliherkkyys, idiosynkrasiaFinnish
  • idiosyncrasieFrench
  • egyéni sajátosság, jellemző sajátosságHungarian
  • idiosincrasia, intolleranza, fissazione, avversione, mania, insofferenzaItalian
  • 特性, 特異体質, 個性Japanese
  • idiosyncrasyLatin
  • eigenheid, kenmerk, overgevoeligheid, jargon, eigenaardigheid, idiosyncrasieDutch
  • særegenhetNorwegian
  • idiosynkrazja, dziwactwoPolish
  • idiossincrasiaPortuguese
  • trăsătură, idiosincrasie, idiosincrazie, particularitate, caracteristicăRomanian
  • отличительная особенность, идиосинкразия, отличительная чертаRussian
  • idiosinkrazijaSerbo-Croatian
  • egenskap, egenhet, idiosynkrasi, egenartSwedish
  • ayrıklılık, tabiat, mizaç, huy, tuhaflık, kişisel özellikTurkish
  • ідіосинкразіяUkrainian

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