Peculiarity vs Vagary - What's the difference?

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Peculiarity is a related term of vagary.

As nouns the difference between peculiarity and vagary

is that peculiarity is the quality or state of being peculiar; individuality; singularity while vagary is an erratic, unpredictable occurrence or action.




  • The quality or state of being peculiar; individuality; singularity.
  • That which is peculiar; a special and distinctive characteristic or habit; particularity.
  • * 1853 , , Villette , Chapter 4:
  • I had often heard of Miss Marchmont, and of her peculiarities (she had the character of being very eccentric), but till now had never seen her.
  • Exclusive possession or right.
  • vagary



  • An erratic, unpredictable occurrence or action.
  • * 1871 , , At Last: A Christmas In The West Indies , ch. 8:
  • It now turns out that the Pitch Lake, like most other things, owes its appearance on the surface to no convulsion or vagary at all, but to a most slow, orderly, and respectable process of nature, by which buried vegetable matter, which would have become peat, and finally brown coal, in a temperate climate, becomes, under the hot tropic soil, asphalt and oil.
  • An impulsive or illogical desire; a caprice or whim.
  • * 1905 , , War of the Classes , Preface:
  • And then came the day when my socialism grew respectable,—still a vagary of youth, it was held, but romantically respectable.

    Derived terms

    * vagarity * vagarious

    See also

    * vaguery