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Definition of peculiar:

  • (adjective) unique or specific to a person or thing or category
  • (adjective) beyond or deviating from the usual or expected
  • (adjective) markedly different from the usual

Sentence Examples:

In order to pursue this course, however, Max realized that it would be necessary to enter into some sort of explanation concerning the nature of the peculiar errand that had tempted them to come to the Adirondacks.

Anyway, peculiar circumstances or not, she would be married decently, or she would not be married at all.

Margaret stood still and smiled in the peculiar way which is a woman's equivalent for a cat's purring.

He was a great patriot, and clung to his native Florence with peculiar affection.

It formed a somewhat peculiar feature in her case, that her uncle favored the views of her suitor.

It is said that he knew the troop he commanded only by the peculiar nose of one of the men, and that when a transfer of men had once been made, rode up to the wrong troop, and supported his mistake by pointing to the nose in question.

To the topic of internal improvement, emphatically urged by him at his inauguration, I recur with peculiar satisfaction.

To provide by law that the Government will only receive its dues in gold and silver is not to confer on it any peculiar privilege, but merely to place it on an equality with the citizen by reserving to it a right secured to him by the Constitution.

Either would be constitutional and useful, and would render unnecessary any attempt in our present peculiar condition to divide the surplus revenue or to reduce it any faster than will be effected by the existing laws.

The theory upon which their peculiar custom is based is veneration for the elements.

We must always be careful to distinguish the importance of an artist considered as the exponent of his age from that which he may claim by virtue of some special skill or some peculiar quality of feeling.

It may have been a pious ejaculation or a whole speech in his own peculiar vernacular.

It was only when I came to consider the peculiar institutions of the Spartans that my wonderment ceased.

The power, peculiar to the reason, of isolating part after part from the whole to which it belongs, and considering them thus isolated, makes possible in the end a synthesis in which the whole is not merely glimpsed, but known to the last detail.

Perhaps what I am going to say may sound affected, but it is perfectly true: it is a book that always has a very peculiar effect on me, not so much a mental effect as what, for want of a better word, I will call a spiritual effect.

The truths on which the rules are founded are drawn (as is the case in all arts) from a variety of sciences; but the principal of them, and those which are most nearly peculiar to this particular art, belong to a branch of the science of mind.

It is evident from the Constitutions of Masonry, as well as from the peculiar character of the institution, that the office of Grand Tiler must have existed from the very first organization of a Grand Lodge.

It has a phosphorescent appearance, with a peculiar tremulous motion manifesting through its substance.

Each kinship group or clan has a set of personal names, all of which refer to the rite peculiar to the clan, or to the sacred objects or to the symbols connected with the rite, and one of these names is given to each person born within the clan.

Still there is a peculiar character attached even to lessons, when they are taken out of the Scriptures: and the duty of attention and interest in the work becomes even stronger than under other circumstances.

He was filled with that unreasoning anger peculiar to man when woman for once has failed to respond.

Sufficient only was left to form coverts; for the deer resort hither in great herds for the sake of a peculiar tall sort of grass with which these plains abound, called deer- grass, on which they become exceedingly fat at certain seasons of the year.

Presently, as I sat rather listlessly looking on, I was struck by a peculiar change in the tune.

His peculiar fault keeps him always in the background and prevents him from accomplishing any public action, and for this reason those efforts appear easy to him that he has never thought of attempting.

As she grew older she learned that she was to live in a world of errors, sorrows, and sins, and the mere knowledge of their existence, by some peculiar process of her wonderful mind, seemed to be the signal for their combined attack upon her soul.

Her face was hidden by a veil, but he drank in with glad eyes the special movement in walking, peculiar to her alone, the slope of the shoulders, and the setting of the head, and at once a sort of electric shock ran all over him.

Etymology explains the accidents or properties peculiar to each class or sort of words, and their present modifications.

The whole family have been disturbed by a peculiar knocking which occurred in various rooms in the house, frequently on the door or wall, but sometimes on the furniture, quite close to where we had been sitting.

Bret Harte had his own peculiar humor, but it had nothing in particular to do with American humor.

American humor has its own peculiar excellence, but it has nothing in particular to do with Bret Harte.

"You seem to speak with some peculiar meaning, sir," said Lydgate, rather defiantly, and keeping his pencil suspended.

Days passed and as the summer waned the evidences of a peculiar life accumulated.

He was a great patriot, and clung to his native Florence with peculiar affection.

We had not travelled far ere I was again aware of the peculiar snort by which he manifested his alarm; and it was with difficulty I got him onwards a few paces, when he stood still, his head drawn back, as if from some object that lay in his path.

Crane was acknowledged by her best friends to be a peculiar person and very set in her ways, she was much respected, and one acquaintance vied with another in making up for her melancholy seclusion by bringing her all the news they could gather.

Never before could she remember having felt as she did now, with that sharp pain in her head, that buzzing in her ears, and more than all, that peculiar state of mind which she called "spells," and which seemed to hold her now, body and soul.

Boston has a clean, English look about it, peculiar to it alone of all the cities in the United States.

Tiring of the raw life of the sea or sometimes fleeing from justice in northern cities, such men looked to New Orleans for that peculiar type of free and easy civilization which most pleased their nature.

He had a peculiar way of turning the hand on the middle finger, as on a pivot, for the extended chords, at the same time raising the whole outer side of the hand, so that the fifth finger should be able to play the upper melody notes round and full.

He overlooks the peculiar patronizing air, such as a young woman sometimes assumes toward a boy her junior.

Indeed, this candor of countenance is peculiar to those only who have not schooled their faces into hypocrisy.

The result of this is that, as the tooth wears, the crown presents a peculiar pattern, the nature of which is not very easily deciphered at first; but which it is important we should understand clearly.

Because we ourselves can see the utility of the definite and peculiar behavior of the queen and the worker, there is no logical necessity for assuming an identical form of knowledge as a possession of these insects.

Near the sea grows a peculiar kind of stringy reed, very strong and pliable.

The peculiar bacterium that thrives on congenial alfalfa soil is essential to the highest development of the plant.

There resided in him those peculiar, indefinable qualities imperative for mastery of the air.

The women are as peculiar as the men, though their plumage is less gay.

And not only is it true that rarely can any man have the whole of his love drawn out except through this domestic state, but, also, it is to be borne in mind that those who have entered into this relationship have also their own peculiar advantages.

Pierson, he prevailed on her to take it all thence, and invest it in a common fund which he was about establishing, as a fund to be drawn from by all the faithful; the faithful, of course, were the handful that should subscribe to his peculiar creed.

In adopting the little Anthony, he had followed the generous impulse of his heart, without reflecting that the separation of father and son, under their peculiar circumstances, might injure without ultimately benefiting the child.

Such a man is a benefactor of humanity in the best and truest sense, and deserves peculiar consideration.

Was that peculiar charm she possessed the effect of magic, or of poetical inspiration?

They thought that there was some exaggeration mixed with the peculiar force of delineation.

Their peculiar form of introspection had injected into politics the idea of personal sin.

Returning to his sister-in-law on the verandah, he explained to that lady the peculiar difficulty of his position.

Usually there is a delectable garden, which is the peculiar pride of the men.

Of this I am certain, that in the cabinet in which the world keeps these peculiar treasures, no one will be looked at more frequently, or will provoke a greater variety of opinions as to its intrinsic worth.

He already had heard other, but she had been described to him as a miserly and peculiar person.

Those clear eyes had a peculiar power of withdrawing on rare occasions, as it were, behind a curtain when their owner desired to absent herself from discussion of points on which she preferred to give no opinion.

This resolve gave him a peculiar exhilaration, a special license for the definite indulgence.

The only unusual thing about him was his hat, which was a peculiar contraption, looking like a pot.

The footfalls of the visitors reverberated in the manner peculiar to large, unoccupied buildings.

A peculiar feature about this species is the pore at the blunt apex of each leaf.

Presently the subject's head leaned forward, the pupils of his eyes dilated and assumed a peculiar glassy stare.

He disentangled it, with a peculiar look, from a woman's hood, contact with which he avoided with care.

All these beautiful flowers will have become common in the country, and will give it an aspect peculiar to itself; and, perhaps, chance or the wind will cast a few of the seeds or some of them amidst the grass which shall cover my forgotten grave!

Our hero treated him with the tenderest consideration, and the lieutenant, who was at bottom a reckless, light-hearted, good-natured fellow, was readily pleased by Anton's cordial admiration, and repaid him with peculiar confidence.

His voice and manner were not agreeable, and he had a peculiar violent jerk of the head, as though he would separate it from his body, whenever he became excited or bestowed special emphasis upon a remark.

For all that levity, she was not destitute of her peculiar mode of adoration.

If one was right in caring for the actor's art one ought to have been interested in every honest judgement of it, which, given the peculiar conditions, would be useful in proportion as it should be free.

Along the whole west coast, which is inhabited by a peculiar marine fauna, tertiary beds are so poorly developed that no record of several successive and peculiar marine faunas will probably be preserved to a distant age.

Another peculiar feature of French colonization was the tendency to mingle with the natives.

At each place he went and offered a large note in payment of the purchases which he had made, the note was secured by the officers, and was invariably found to contain the peculiar marks which designated that it had once belonged to the murdered man.

The chief understood, and in a peculiar guttural tongue informed his men of the danger he was in.

Those have been preserved on the higher planes for special purposes, and are occasionally used under very peculiar conditions, when subtle bodies of a very pure and very lofty character are needed for some particular purpose.

He never held the dangerous beast in his jaws for more than one moment, for he knew that in the next the fox could seize him, and dogs have their own peculiar ideas of a fox's grip, for it is the bite of all other bites they like the least.

They were forbidden to ordain their own priests or practice their own peculiar customs.

Now, if I wanted to shew how it was impossible for a man to make a mistake, as to the color of the coat in which he had seen another, I should select the instance in which he had seen that other in a peculiar dress but for once.

As they sped onward a peculiar throb and rumble began to make itself heard.

I was going to speak, but just as the words were on my lips I recognized Morgan, who must have just been relieved; and as I fully grasped now where we were, I turned cold as ice, and a peculiar feeling of moisture came in the palms of my hands.

Then my uncle would take his friend into a corner to tell him something important, and at dinner they had a peculiar way of looking at each other, and of drinking to each other, in a manner as if to say: "We know all about it, don't we?"

Miles stood entranced until the regiment had passed, and the martial strains were softened by distance; then he looked up and perceived that his shabby companion was regarding him with a peculiar smile.

He paused and scanned the seaward horizon with that intent abstracted gaze which is peculiar to seafaring men.

There was a question in the peculiar guttural sounds of his language, which slowly came from his lips.

I was by no means sure that I should dare to say even so much as this to Ambient himself, and there was a kind of rapture in speaking it out to his wife which was not affected by the fact that, as a wife, she appeared peculiar.

There was something so peculiar about the whole situation that it fascinated the boys.

Miss Mitchell found here a sphere decidedly fitted to her peculiar powers, for she was always best pleased to labor in the surgical wards, and would dress and care for wounds with almost the skill, and more than the tenderness of a practiced surgeon.

It is a peculiar fact that in the curious Dual Monarchy each race oppresses some other.

It was in the knowledge of these experiences that he had stood; by its light preparing a coup that was to carry the last fortress of that upper world which still held out against him: that peculiar body of women and men called "society."

When I reeled out of the Grubstake Saloon I was in a peculiar state of exaltation.

When it reached the Pearl, wrapping her in its intangible density, a cold shudder ran over Pierre's limbs, and a smell of smoke and mold, the peculiar smell of a sea fog, made him close his mouth that he might not taste the cold, wet vapor.

Not a light was permitted on any of the ships, and they traveled along in the most peculiar fashion and over the most irregular course, never going at more than half speed and not more than a mile or so without a complete change of direction.

Why, is there any peculiar depravity in them which you could not have foreseen?

The sound and lusty types he created have an intellectual flavor peculiar to themselves.

There is one peculiar thing, that tenacity varies with the form of the body.

If any metal, or material, is fused, or put in such a condition that a ray of light can be obtained from it, and this light is passed through a prism, it will be found that each substance has its own peculiar divisions and arrangements of colors.

There is thus a moral aspect in this question that addresses itself with peculiar earnestness to the philanthropic.

Along the whole west coast, which is inhabited by a peculiar marine fauna, tertiary beds are so poorly developed, that no record of several successive and peculiar marine faunas will probably be preserved to a distant age.

However, when the pair had got to the beach, and were walking slower and slower, he felt a pang of rage and jealousy, turned on his heel with an audible curse, and found Phoebe Dale a few yards behind him with a white face and a peculiar look.

I recollect an allusion to the phrase somewhere in Miss Mitford's writings, who speaks of it as peculiar to Berks; but as I was then ignorant of Captain Cuttle's maxim, I did not "make a note of it," so that I am unable to lay my hand on the passage.