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The term idiosyncrasy comes from the Greek ἰδιοσυγκρασία and is composed of the following root words: "ίδιος" (one’s own, specific to, peculiar to), "σùν" (with) and "κράτος kratos" (strength, vigour). Based on the etymology, the term means: character; peculiar temperament; habit of body...

This word became widely used in French vocabulary in the fifteenth century.

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  • Idiosyncrasy is the predisposition of an individual to react in front of a specific event.
  • Reaction, temperament, way of being of each individual.
  • The person is the perfect combination of three levels of reality, all within a same individual, each in its proper place: specific, cultural and idiosyncratic. This formula does not retain correctly the idea that every person has his own manner of being human and to interact with several cultural circles; or said in other words, that every person has a unique and original manner of being human, while still fully authentic in his human condition and regardless of the cultural interpretations which are both legitimate and specific compared to other equally legitimate interpretations.

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Particularity, specificity, nature, temperament, complexion, constitution, gender, kind, sort, type, character, natural, personality...

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