Usage examples for idiosyncratic

  1. The most idiosyncratic hat at present in America is that which decorates the peak of Mr. Bliss Carman. – Walking-Stick Papers by Robert Cortes Holliday
  2. If she should assert her independence, as some idiosyncratic persons desire, she could only declare her intention to do all those acts and things which woman may of right do. – Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions by George S. Boutwell
  3. Our hope, he says, with regard to the unity of taste in the future then is, that all sentimental or academical seekings after the ideal having been abandoned, momentary theories founded upon idiosyncratic or temporary partialities exploded, and nothing accepted but what is solid and positive, the scientific spirit shall make men progressively more and more conscious of these 'bleibende Verhaltnisse, ' more and more capable of living in the whole; also, that in proportion as we gain a firmer hold upon our own place in the world, we shall come to comprehend with more instinctive certitude what is simple, natural, and honest, welcoming with gladness all artistic products that exhibit these qualities. – Literature and Life by William Dean Howells
  4. But though an ordinary observer might have failed to recognize any distinction between these three ladies, and, finding them habitually dressed in green, would have said they were as much alike as one pea is to another, they had their idiosyncratic differences, when duly examined. – Kenelm Chillingly, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  5. Her loft- style apartment was in an idiosyncratic building whose six- year- old renovation had been designed by her old architectural firm, just before she had to leave and take over CitiSpace. – Syndrome by Thomas Hoover
  6. Mortimer's was custom- made for his idiosyncratic style. – The Samurai Strategy by Thomas Hoover
  7. They were organized by idiosyncratic subject categories, and alphabetical by author within those categories. – Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow
  8. It was no merely idiosyncratic experience, for the youth had the same: it was love! – The Flight of the Shadow by George MacDonald
  9. Perhaps the most beautiful or at any rate the most idiosyncratic thing in the picture before us is its lovely profusion of wayside flowers. – A Wanderer in Florence by E. V. Lucas
  10. Harris's idiosyncratic power of pity saved him from feeling or shewing the smallest resentment; and events presently proved to Wilde how insanely he had been advised in taking the action, and how accurately Harris had gauged the situation. – Dark Lady of the Sonnets by George Bernard Shaw
  11. We are concerned, to be sure, with pointing out idiosyncratic conceptions of individual writers, and with tracing the vogue of passing theories. – The Poet's Poet by Elizabeth Atkins
  12. Its mode of locomotion marks it as an idiosyncratic exceptional, fantastic creature, having no fellow, that I know of, in the insect world. – More Hunting Wasps by J. Henri Fabre
  13. You can't eat it and grow fat unless it happens to be the peculiar food to which you are idiosyncratic – Outside Inn by Ethel M. Kelley
  14. Every man of great ability puts his own mark on his own criticism; it will be full of thought and feeling, but then it is of idiosyncratic thought and feeling. – The English Constitution by Walter Bagehot
  15. The public would seem justified in reminding the poet that, having a reasonable amount of curiosity about human nature, it will eagerly devour the poet's biography, properly labeled, but only after he has forgotten himself long enough to write a poem that will prove his genius, and so lend worth to the perusal of his idiosyncratic records, and his judgments on poetic composition. – The Poet's Poet by Elizabeth Atkins
  16. Members of our dear Faculty have a way of discovering reasons fitted exclusively for their idiosyncratic use, and though voting with their neighbors, will often do so on incommunicable grounds. – The Letters of William James, Vol. II by William James