AskDefine | Define peculiarity

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1 an odd or unusual characteristic [syn: distinctive feature, distinguishing characteristic]
2 a distinguishing trait [syn: specialness, specialty, speciality, distinctiveness]
3 something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting [syn: curio, curiosity, oddity, oddment, rarity]

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  1. The quality or state of being peculiar; individuality; singularity.
  2. That which is peculiar; a special and distinctive characteristic or habit; particularity.
  3. Exclusive possession or right.


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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