Out of the ordinary; odd; curious; unusual.
- The sky had a peculiar appearance before the storm.
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- It would be rather peculiar to see a kangaroo hopping down a city street.
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- I saw nothing peculiar in his conduct, and thought that his arrangement of the ballot box was perfect.
- "Wasn't it peculiar ," I heard mother say, "How he wouldn't talk about himself?"
- "Peculiar ?" said father. "Well, yes, in a way."
* 2008', Stephen Arnott, '''''Peculiar Proverbs: Weird Words of Wisdom from Around the World .
Common or usual for a certain place or circumstance; specific or particular.
- "Everything about him is peculiar ." Mother sounded as if she was stirred up and interested. "I never saw a man quite like him before."
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- Kangaroos are peculiar to Australia.
* 1895 , , XX: Anomalous Islands: Celebes,
- This philosopher found his ideas especially in all that is practical, that is, which rests upon freedom, which in its turn ranks under cognitions that are the peculiar product of reason.
(dated) One's own; belonging solely or especially to an individual; not shared or possessed by others.
* Bible, Titus ii. 14
- But of late years extensive Tertiary deposits of Miocene age have been discovered, showing that it is not a mere congeries of volcanoes; it [Iceland] is connected with the British Islands and with Greenland by seas less than 500 fathoms deep; and it possesses a few mammalia, one of which is peculiar', and at least three ' peculiar species of birds.
- And purify unto himself a peculiar people.
(dated) Particular; individual; special; appropriate.
- hymns that Christianity hath peculiar unto itself
- while each peculiar power forgoes his wonted seat
- My fate is Juno's most peculiar care.
* (out of the ordinary) strange, uncommon, unusual
* (common or usual in a particular place or circumstance) specific
* (out of the ordinary) common, usual
* (common or usual in a particular place or circumstance) common, general, universal
That which is peculiar; a sole or exclusive property; a prerogative; a characteristic.
(UK, canon law) A particular parish or church which is exempt from the jurisdiction of the ordinary.
- Revenge is the peculiar of Heaven.
The act of wandering; deviation from truth, moral rectitude; abnormal; divergence from the straight, correct, proper, normal, or from the natural state.
(optics) The convergence to different foci, by a lens or mirror, of rays of light emanating from one and the same point, or the deviation of such rays from a single focus; a defect in a focusing mechanism that prevents the intended focal point.
- the aberration''' of youth'', '''''aberrations''' from theory'', '''''aberration of character
(astronomy) A small periodical change of position in the stars and other heavenly bodies, due to the combined effect of the motion of light and the motion of the observer. [ ]
A partial alienation of reason. [ ]
* I. Taylor:
- Occasional aberrations of intellect.
A mental disorder, especially one of a minor or temporary character.
- Whims, which at first are the aberrations of a single brain, pass with heat into epidemic form.
(zoology, botany) Atypical development or structure; deviation from the normal type; an aberrant organ. [ ]
A deviation of a tissue, organ or mental functions from what is considered to be within the normal range.
* spherical aberration