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noun (idiosyncras, ies)
  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.
Etymology: First attested in 1604, in modern sense since 1665, from (term, idiosyncrasie, lang=fr) < Ancient Greek (term, sc=Grek, , tr=idiosynkrasia, , personal temperament, lang=grc) < (term, sc=Grek, , tr=idios, , personal, private, lang=grc) (see also (term, idiot), (term, idiom)) + (term, sc=Grek, , tr=synkrasis, , blending, lang=grc), from (term, sc=Grek, -, tr=syn, , together, lang=grc) + (term, sc=Grek, , tr=krasis, , mixture, lang=grc).


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