Peculiar

Definition of Peculiar

Pe`cul´iar
a.1.One's own; belonging solely or especially to an individual; not possessed by others; of private, personal, or characteristic possession and use; not owned in common or in participation.
And purify unto himself a peculiar people.
- Titus ii. 14.
Hymns . . . that Christianity hath peculiar unto itself.
- Hooker.
2.Particular; individual; special; appropriate.
While each peculiar power forgoes his wonted seat.
- Milton.
My fate is Juno's most peculiar care.
- Dryden.
3.Unusual; singular; rare; strange; as, the sky had a peculiar appearance.
Beauty, which, either walking or asleep,
Shot forth peculiar graces.
- Milton.
For naught so vile that on the earth doth live,
But to the earth some special good doth give.
- Shak.
n.1.That which is peculiar; a sole or exclusive property; a prerogative; a characteristic.
Revenge is . . . the peculiar of Heaven.
- South.
2.(Eng. Canon Law) A particular parish or church which is exempt from the jurisdiction of the ordinary.
Court of Peculiars
(Eng. Law) a branch of the Court of Arches having cognizance of the affairs of peculiars.
Dean of peculiars
See under Dean, 1.
- Blackstone.

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