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Idiosyncrasy (noun)

Definition:

a peculiar way of behaving or thinking that is particular to an individual or group. A person’s idiosyncrasy is a peculiar quirk or habit that makes someone unique.

Example Sentences:

– Steve had some odd idiosyncrasies, like asking people to take their shoes off before entering his office.
– Justin’s obsession with velvet Elvis paintings was just one of his many idiosyncrasies.
– One of the idiosyncrasies of this printer is that you can’t stop it once it has started to print.
– I am not sure why he always taps his head when he thinks; its just an idiosyncrasy.

Synonyms:

characteristic, peculiarity, quirk, eccentricity

Antonyms:

commonality

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Alienate (verb)

Definition:

1. to make someone feel excluded or isolated; 2. to cause someone to become unfriendly or hostile; 3. to transfer property ownership
When you are alienated you are made to feel like someone other than those who are accepted; you are made to feel like an alien–someone foreign, different, or not normal. The related adjective alienated means “to feel left out or estranged.”

Example Sentences:

– After several months, his boss’s thinly-veiled insults had completely alienated John.
– People with psychological disorders like Raymond Babbitt often feel alienated from society.
– Although Tom was formerly a Republican supporter, the party’s recent actions have alienated him.
– At the time of her death, her property was alienated to a charity.

Synonyms:

estrange, separate, antagonize,

Antonyms:

 reconcile, include, unite

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