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Idiosyncrasy vs. Quirk

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  • Idiosyncrasy (noun)

    A behavior or way of thinking that is characteristic of a person.

  • Idiosyncrasy (noun)

    A language or behaviour that is particular to an individual or group.

  • Idiosyncrasy (noun)

    A peculiar individual reaction to a generally innocuous substance or factor.

  • Idiosyncrasy (noun)

    A peculiarity that serves to distinguish or identify.

    "He mastered the idiosyncrasies of English spelling and speech."

  • Quirk (noun)

    an idiosyncrasy; a slight glitch, mannerism; something unusual about the manner or style of something or someone

    "The car steers cleanly, but the gearshift has a few quirks."

  • Quirk (noun)

    An acute angle dividing a molding; a groove that runs lengthwise between the upper part of a moulding and a soffit

  • Quirk (noun)

    A quibble, evasion, or subterfuge.

  • Quirk (verb)

    To move with a wry jerk.

    "He quirked an eyebrow."

    "The corners of her mouth quirked."

  • Quirk (verb)

    To furnish with a quirk or channel.

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Oxford Dictionary
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  • Idiosyncrasy (noun)

    A peculiarity of physical or mental constitution or temperament; a characteristic belonging to, and distinguishing, an individual; characteristic susceptibility; idiocrasy; eccentricity.

  • Quirk (noun)

    A sudden turn; a starting from the point or line; hence, an artful evasion or subterfuge; a shift; a quibble; as, the quirks of a pettifogger.

  • Quirk (noun)

    A fit or turn; a short paroxysm; a caprice.

  • Quirk (noun)

    A smart retort; a quibble; a shallow conceit.

  • Quirk (noun)

    An irregular air; as, light quirks of music.

  • Quirk (noun)

    A piece of ground taken out of any regular ground plot or floor, so as to make a court, yard, etc.; - sometimes written quink.

  • Quirk (noun)

    A small channel, deeply recessed in proportion to its width, used to insulate and give relief to a convex rounded molding.

Webster Dictionary
  • Idiosyncrasy (noun)

    a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual

  • Quirk (noun)

    a strange attitude or habit

  • Quirk (noun)

    a narrow groove beside a beading

  • Quirk (verb)

    twist or curve abruptly;

    "She quirked her head in a peculiar way"

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