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Definition of Peculiar


  1. One's own; belonging solely or especially to an individual; not possessed by others; of private, personal, or characteristic possession and use; not owned in common or in participation.
  2. Particular; individual; special; appropriate.
  3. Unusual; singular; rare; strange; as, the sky had a peculiarappearance.
  4. That which is peculiar; a sole or exclusive property; a prerogative; a characteristic.
  5. A particular parish or church which is exempt from the jurisdiction of the ordinary.

Peculiar Quotations

Whatever kind of seed is sown in a field, prepared in due season, a plant of that same kind, marked with the peculiar qualities of the seed, springs up in it.
Guru Nanak

Women ought to feel a peculiar sympathy in the colored man's wrong, for, like him, she has been accused of mental inferiority, and denied the privileges of a liberal education.
Angelina Grimke

Unless a man enters upon the vocation intended for him by nature, and best suited to his peculiar genius, he cannot succeed. I am glad to believe that the majority of persons do find their right vocation.
P. T. Barnum

The world's a mean place. It's unfair, then it's fair. It's hateful, then it's loving. It's a very peculiar place on philosophical and metaphysical and religious levels.
Tim Allen

It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.
W. E. B. Du Bois
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Peculiar Translations

peculiar in Afrikaans is eienaardig
peculiar in Dutch is gek, raar, vreemd, eigenaardig
peculiar in Finnish is kummallinen
peculiar in Italian is estroso, caratteristico
peculiar in Latin is specialissimus, proprius
peculiar in Swedish is egendomlig, besynnerlig
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