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idiosyncrasynoun [C usually plural]

uk   us   /ˌɪd.i.əˈsɪŋ.krə.si/
a ​strange or ​unusualhabit, way of ​behaving, or ​feature that someone or something has: She often ​cracks her ​knuckles when she's ​speaking - it's one of her little idiosyncrasies. One of the idiosyncrasies of this ​printer is that you can't ​stop it ​once it has ​started.
idiosyncratic
adjective uk   /-sɪŋˈkræt.ɪk/  us   /-sɪŋˈkræt̬.ɪk/
The ​film, three ​hourslong, is ​directed in his ​usual idiosyncratic ​style.
(Definition of idiosyncrasy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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idiosyncrasynoun [C]

 us   /ˌɪd·i·əˈsɪŋ·krə·si/
a ​strange or ​unusualhabit, way of ​behaving, or ​feature: One of her many idiosyncrasies is always ​smelling a ​book before ​opening it.
(Definition of idiosyncrasy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “idiosyncrasy”
in Spanish idiosincracia…
in Vietnamese phong cách, cách diễn đạt riêng…
in Malaysian idiosinkrasi…
in Thai นิสัยแปลก, ลักษณะเฉพาะ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 癖好,怪癖, 特征…
in Indonesian keunikan…
in Chinese (Traditional) 癖好,怪癖, 特徵…
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