Irregular; unsteady; characterized by fits.
*1605 , Shakespeare, Macbeth ,
- His breathing was fitful .
- [...] Duncan is in his grave;
*:The cabin lamp—taking long swings this way and that— was burning fitfully, and casting fitful shadows upon the old man’s bolted door [...]
*2012 , The Economist,
- After life's fitful fever he sleeps well;
The economy: Don’t say “green shoots”
*:So fitful has Britain’s economy been that any good news is understandably snatched at.
Out of the ordinary; odd; curious; unusual.
- The sky had a peculiar appearance before the storm.
* 1800 , , Volume 41,
- It would be rather peculiar to see a kangaroo hopping down a city street.
* 2001 , Jack Schaefer, Wendell Minor, Shane ,
- 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."
* 1855 , ,
- 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.