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peculiar

(Curious), adjective aberrant, abnormal, alien, anomalistic, anomalistical, anomalous, bizarre, breaking with tradition, eccentric, inexplicable, irregular, little-known, mysterious, mystifying, odd, out of place, out of the ordinary, out of the way, outlandish, perplexing, preternatural, puzzling, queer, rare, remarkable, signal, singular, startling, strange, surprising, unaccountable, unaccustomed, unconformable, unconventional, uncustomary, unexpected, unfamiliar, unheard of, unimaginable, unnatural, unorthodox, weird

peculiar

(Distinctive), adjective atypical, contrasted, contrasting, contrastive, deviating, different, differentiated, differing, disagreeing, discordant, discrepant, disparate, dissimilar, dissonant, distinct, distinguishable, divergent, exceptional, extraordinary, in a different class, inconformable, incongruent, individual, marked, noteworthy, original, out of the ordinary, particular, separated, singular, special, uncommon, unconformable, unconforming, unequal, unimitated, unique, unlike, unusual, variant
See also: anomalous, certain, different, distinct, distinctive, eccentric, express, extraordinary, individual, irregular, ludicrous, nonconforming, noteworthy, novel, particular, personal, prodigious, questionable, remarkable, separate, several, singular, specific, suspicious, unaccustomed, uncanny, uncommon, unique, unusual

PECULIAR, eccl. law. In England, a particular parish or church, which has, within itself, independent of the ordinary jurisdiction, power to grant probate of wills, and the like. 1 Eng. Eccl. R. 72, note; Shelf. on Mar. & Div. 538. Vide Court of peculiars.

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Had I died,-- in what peculiar misery should I have left you, my nurse, my friend, my sister
The public are, in general, very ready to adopt the opinion, that he who has pleased them in one peculiar mode of composition, is, by means of that very talent, rendered incapable of venturing upon other subjects.
He said, "these births were so rare, that he did not believe there could be above eleven hundred struldbrugs, of both sexes, in the whole kingdom; of which he computed about fifty in the metropolis, and, among the rest, a young girl born; about three years ago: that these productions were not peculiar to any family, but a mere effect of chance; and the children of the STRULDBRUGS themselves were equally mortal with the rest of the people.
They were not their families, nor their wives, nor their servants; the relationship was peculiar, and so unlike anything known to us that it is most difficult to describe.
I heard it give a peculiar thick cry, and forthwith another of these creatures appeared darkly in the deep shadow of the aperture.
Yet this is not peculiar to substance, for it is also the case that differentiae cannot be present in subjects.
There certainly appears to be a peculiar susceptibility of moral and religious improvement among this tribe, and they would seem to be one of the very, very few that have benefited in morals and manners by an intercourse with white men.
There is infinite variety in the gales of wind at sea, and except for the peculiar, terrible, and mysterious moaning that may be heard sometimes passing through the roar of a hurricane - except for that unforgettable sound, as if the soul of the universe had been goaded into a mournful groan - it is, after all, the human voice that stamps the mark of human consciousness upon the character of a gale.
Soon, other evidences of our vicinity to the land were apparent, and it was not long before the glad announcement of its being in sight was heard from aloft,--given with that peculiar prolongation of sound that a sailor loves--'Land ho
I am not now writing a treatise, but simply prefacing a somewhat peculiar narrative by observations very much at random; I will, therefore, take occasion to assert that the higher powers of the reflective intellect are more decidedly and more usefully tasked by the unostentatious game of draughts than by a the elaborate frivolity of chess.
As if those who are to rule were to have an education peculiar to themselves.
I discovered presently that a peculiar story was circulating among her friends.