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Below you will find the definition of eccentric, followed by 38 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities)
EXAMPLES - Eccentric in a Sentence
- Think any of those could be called eccentric or ... (source)
- The eccentric is forced, therefore, to tread a lonely way. (source)
- He was described as eccentric in his general mode of conduct. (source)
- I suppose you'd choose the word eccentric, wouldn't you, Dennis? (source)
- And then Amanda is an unusual person; I would call her eccentric. (source)
- Phil Spector has been called eccentric, crazy, a genius, a recluse. (source)
- In BB terms she's an 'eccentric'-a kind of Margaret Rutherford rediviva. (source)
- Patience Avery is described as an eccentric, opinionated yet talented woman. (source)
- Representative Curt Weldon has long been known as eccentric and prone to conspiracy theorizing. (source)
- He's what I would call eccentric,'' said Douglas Schneider, who served with both on BAM's board. (source)
- The Englishman, though he invented the word eccentric, does not tolerate eccentricity in a foreigner. (source)
- Hilton is eccentric, which is what we call very rich and powerful people who are more than a bit cracked. (source)
- A man some call eccentric and others believe, like most keepers, has been out in the sun a little too long. (source)
- Called eccentric, called myth-ridden and politically unsound, accused of being out of touch with the people. (source)
- Englishman is termed eccentric, and eccentricity, in a precise and literal sense, is fundamental in the English character. (source)
- "Kooky and eccentric" is also a good description of Magda Sayeg, the Texas woman credited with starting the yarn bombing movement. (source)
- Dubosc was well aware that southwestern France is particularly rich in eccentric grapes, and he hoped somehow to bottle that charm. (source)
- In Doyle's books, Holmes is described as an eccentric genius, a gifted fighter and a master of disguise who's sometimes prone to bouts of melancholy. (source)
- But nothing can detract from what our generation may describe as their eccentric genius in combining navigation with piracy and naval and military art. (source)
- This request was refused, and although I know of course that my husband might perhaps be called eccentric, still he had never before forbade my presence. (source)
- Among the subjects who furnished such records some are described as eccentric, taciturn, or dull, while others are apparently normal but come of neuropathic stock. (source)
- Marry, sir, thus: Mr. Eden was what they call eccentric; among his other deviations from usage he delivered the meaning of sentences in church along with the words. (source)
- She was as eccentric as Isabel had always supposed; and hitherto, whenever the girl had heard people described as eccentric, she had thought of them as disagreeable. (source)
- I should be called eccentric, and doubtless by many crazy; and the terms of contempt and ridicule already cast at him would be visited, in equal degree, upon his wife. (source)
- "No, he's been off on a little trip, blessing everything from his baggage check to his suspender buttons," laughed the young inventor, as he recalled his eccentric acquaintance. (source)
- This so-called eccentric axis box-style solar cooker is still a pure reflector model and has nothing in common with other box-type models such as the Indian solar cooking box etc. (source)
- It is sometimes attached to one side, and then it is said to be lateral or between the centre and side, and it is called eccentric; when it is in the middle, or nearly so, it is central. (source)
- My father expressed his conviction that the eccentric was the Wandering Jew, and predicted his safe deliverance from the pro-slavery hordes, and reappearance in somebody's editorial columns. (source)
- I cannot imagine how a man who knew the foreign politics of his age as Bacon did, could have dreamed of writing anything so eccentric, that is, if it has any connection with foreign politics of the time. (source)
- This lowering of the weight is called the eccentric phase of the lift, and when you do it slowly, it challenges the muscle even more, causing a longer rebuilding process and a longer post-metabolic boost. (source)
- That any three spinsters should be fellow-travellers is not in itself extraordinary, and so our former journeyings in England and Scotland could hardly be described as eccentric in any way; but now that I am (source)
- Revolving around these internal teeth is a pinion, actuated by an eccentric, which is keyed on to a shaft passing through the center of the block, with a bearing at each end in the outside frame of the block. (source)
- If she were grown-up we should call her eccentric, and be interested and amused by her vagaries; and I do not see why she should not be allowed the same excuse as it is, only St. Catherine's is not the place for her. (source)
- All the fixed stars move in circles whose centre is the centre of the universe, but the courses of the planets (among which the moon is reckoned) depend on other circles, called eccentric, since their centre is elsewhere. (source)
- I like the seclusion of the place, and the vicar having known me before my so-called eccentric conduct towards my wife had ruined my reputation as a schoolmaster, he accepted my services when all other schools were closed against me. (source)
- And I believe this is talking past Mike's point entirely, which is that you have projects on both ends of the spectrum but what we need is stuff in the middle -- we need more than just the huge games and the quirky, eccentric aka unpolished and low production quality indies. (source)
- If he had not been the great and brilliant preacher of an old established church, and revered by all denominations as well as his own, the minister would have been called eccentric and have been asked to resign, because his religion was so very personal that it became embarrassing to some. (source)
- KURTZ: That tends to happen, as you know, when a star, a temperamental star, everyone knows Letterman is eccentric, that is one of his charms, is at a network for a while, particularly if there are ratings difficulties, you tend to find reasons why you are not being treated well, even though he certainly was compensated well. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 38 example sentences provided below is 52.0, which suggests that "eccentric" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 44 synonyms for eccentric.
aberrant, abnormal, anomalous, beat, bent, bizarre, capricious, characteristic, cockeyed, crazy, curious, droll, erratic, far out, flaky, freak, freakish, funky, funny, idiosyncratic, irregular, kooky, nutty, odd, oddball, off the wall, off-center, offbeat, out in left field, outlandish, peculiar, quaint, queer, quirky, quizzical, singular, strange, uncommon, unconventional, unnatural, way out, weird, whimsical, wild
We have 13 antonyms for eccentric.
boring, common, conventional, dull, familiar, normal, ordinary, plain, reasonable, regular, standard, unexciting, usual
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
Pronunciation: (ĭk-sĕnˈtrĭk, ĕk-)
View up to 25 definitions of eccentric from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Departing from a recognized, conventional, or established norm or pattern. See Synonyms at strange.
- (adjective) Deviating from a circular form or path, as in an elliptical orbit.
- (adjective) Not situated at or in the geometric center.
- (adjective) Having the axis located elsewhere than at the geometric center.
- (noun) One that deviates markedly from an established norm, especially a person of odd or unconventional behavior.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) not at or in the centre.
- (adjective) not perfectly circular.
- (adjective) having a different center.
- (adjective) deviating from the norm; behaving unexpectedly or differently.
- (adjective) (of a motion) against or in the opposite direction of contraction of a muscle. (E.g. flexion of the lower arm (bending of the elbow joint) by an external force while contracting the triceps and other elbow extensor muscles to control that movement; opening of the jaw while flexing the masseter).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Deviating or departing from the center, or from the line of a circle; ; pertaining to deviation from the center or from true circular motion.
- (adjective) Not having the same center; -- said of circles, ellipses, spheres, etc., which, though coinciding, either in whole or in part, as to area or volume, have not the same center; -- opposed to
- (adjective) Pertaining to an eccentric.
- (adjective) Not coincident as to motive or end.
- (adjective) Deviating from stated methods, usual practice, or established forms or laws; deviating from an appointed sphere or way; departing from the usual course; irregular; anomalous; odd.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Not located or situated in the center; away from the center or axis: as, in botany, lateral embryos and the stipes of some hymenomycetous fungi are said to be eccentric.
- (None) In medicine, not originating or existing in the center or central parts; due to peripheral causes: as, eccentric irritation; eccentric convulsions (that is, convulsions due to peripheral irritation).
- (None) Not coincident as regards center; specifically, in geometry, not having the same center: applied to circles and spheres which have not the same center, and consequently are not parallel: opposed to concentric, having a common center.
- (None) Not coincident as regards course or aim; tending to a different end or result; devious.
- (None) Deviating, or characterized by deviation, from recognized, stated, or usual methods or practice, or from established forms, laws, etc.; irregular; erratic; odd: as, eccentric conduct; an eccentric person.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities)
- (noun) a person with an unusual or odd personality
- (adjective) not having a common center; not concentric
- (adjective) conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual