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Definition 1: not usual or common or ordinary - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where unusual or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a scene of unusual beauty
  • a man of unusual ability
  • cruel and unusual punishment
  • an unusual meteorite

(unusual is similar to ...) differing from all others; not ordinary

"advertising that strives continually to be different" "this new music is certainly different but I don't really like it"

(unusual is similar to ...) (of an official) serving an unusual or special function in addition to those of the regular officials

"an ambassador extraordinary"

(unusual is similar to ...) not easily explained

"it is odd that his name is never mentioned"

(unusual is similar to ...) exceptional, unusual, or remarkable

"out-of-the-way information"

(unusual is similar to ...) markedly different from the usual

"a peculiar hobby of stuffing and mounting bats" "a man...feels it a peculiar insult to be taunted with cowardice by a woman"

(unusual is similar to ...) unusual or unfamiliar

"an unaccustomed pleasure" "many varieties of unaccustomed foods" "a new budget of unaccustomed austerity"

(unusual is similar to ...) highly unusual or rare but not the single instance

"spoke with a unique accent" "had unique ability in raising funds" "a frankness unique in literature" "a unique dining experience"

(means also ...) not common or ordinarily encountered; unusually great in amount or remarkable in character or kind

"uncommon birds" "frost and floods are uncommon during these months" "doing an uncommon amount of business" "an uncommon liking for money" "he owed his greatest debt to his mother's uncommon character and ability"

(... are attributes of unusual) commonness by virtue of not being unusual

Definition 2: being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where unusual or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a strange exaltation that was indefinable
  • a strange fantastical mind
  • what a strange sense of humor she has

Synonyms for unusual in the sense of this definition

(unusual is similar to ...) ludicrously odd

"Hamlet's assumed antic disposition" "fantastic Halloween costumes" "a grotesque reflection in the mirror"

(unusual is similar to ...) very strange or unusual; odd or even incongruous in character or appearance

"the head terminating in the quaint duck bill which gives the animal its vernacular name" "came forth a quaint and fearful sight" "a quaint sense of humor"

(unusual is similar to ...) strange in an interesting or pleasing way

"quaint dialect words" "quaint streets of New Orleans, that most foreign of American cities"

(unusual is similar to ...) very unusual; different in character or quality from the normal or expected

"a strange, other dimension...where his powers seemed to fail"

(unusual is similar to ...) somewhat strange

(unusual is similar to ...) characterized by gloom and mystery and the grotesque

"gothic novels like `Frankenstein'"

(unusual is similar to ...) strange and somewhat frightening

"the whole experience was really freaky"

(unusual is similar to ...) strikingly strange or unusual

"an exotic hair style" "protons, neutrons, electrons and all their exotic variants" "the exotic landscape of a dead planet"

(unusual is similar to ...) inspiring a feeling of fear; strange and frightening

"an uncomfortable and eerie stillness in the woods" "an eerie midnight howl"

(unusual is similar to ...) beyond or deviating from the usual or expected

"a curious hybrid accent" "her speech has a funny twang" "they have some funny ideas about war" "had an odd name" "the peculiar aromatic odor of cloves" "something definitely queer about this town" "what a rum fellow" "singular behavior"

(unusual is similar to ...) bizarre or fantastic

"had a crazy dream" "wore a crazy hat"

(unusual is similar to ...) strikingly odd or unusual

"some trick of the moonlight; some weird effect of shadow"

Definition 3: not commonly encountered - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where unusual or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • two-career families are no longer unusual

(unusual is similar to ...) not common or ordinarily encountered; unusually great in amount or remarkable in character or kind

"uncommon birds" "frost and floods are uncommon during these months" "doing an uncommon amount of business" "an uncommon liking for money" "he owed his greatest debt to his mother's uncommon character and ability"

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