Phrases with "peculiar"

Edgar Allan Poe My notice was soon afterwards attracted by the dusky-red appearance of the moon, and the peculiar character of the sea. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

Nathaniel Hawthorne But Priscilla’s peculiar charm, in a foot-race, was the weakness and irregularity with which she ran. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

She had lived a life of peculiar seclusion, rarely going beyond the village of Lidford, and had contrived to find perfect happiness in that simple existence. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Such was the sovereignty of this poet, so mighty its compass! A third fund of Shakspeare’s peculiar power lies in his teeming fertility of fine thoughts and sentiments. Shakspeare by Thomas De Quincey

George Gissing From earliest childhood he had cherished a peculiar love and reverence for the Eucharistic prayer, which was associated with his noblest feelings, his purest aspirations. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Algernon Blackwood He returned to the previous talk about the stars again: “Who attends to them? Who looks after them?” he inquired, a deep, peculiar interest in his manner, his eyes turning a little darker. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Arnold Bennett He ate his breakfast with appetite, but there was something peculiar in his glance that made Mrs. Baines a little uneasy; this something she could not seize upon and define. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

The car was an ordinary six-cylinder Monash but it had a peculiar mascot upon the top of the radiator, a circle depicting the signs of the Zodiac, with a harp in the middle of it. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

He would stroll about the pleasant garden with you, sit in the pleasant rooms of the place—perhaps take you to his own peculiar room, high up, with a rearward view, which was the chief view of all. Coleridge by H. D. Traill [1884]

George Borrow He had certainly a right to ask the question, but there was something peculiar in his toneinsinuating suspicion. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

Wilkie Collins Do you think you could step into his shoes? It’s a peculiar gift, like an ear for music, or a turn for mathematics. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Theodore Dreiser Mrs. Webster Israels’s mouth was of such a peculiar shape that Aileen was always reminded of a fish; but she was not utterly homely, and to-day she looked brisk and attractive. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

But this is not enough: the child must have a special horoscope written in the stars, or else a peculiar destiny written in his constitution, entitling him to take possession of the lamp. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

His talents were peculiar and effective. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Its hospital, far from having any special advantage of position, was exposed to peculiar dangers. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Virginia Woolf My profession is literature; and in that profession there are fewer experiences for women than in any other, with the exception of the stage — fewer, I mean, that are peculiar to women. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

H. G. Wells Near the Trafalgar Square gardens, a girl with reddened cheeks and blackened eyebrows, who was walking alone, spoke to him with a peculiar friendliness. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Jane Austen She seemed to propose shewing no agitation, or disappointment, or peculiar concern in the discovery. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Tobias Smolle Another entertainment, peculiar to Bath, arises from the general mixture of all degrees assembled in our public rooms, without distinction of rank or fortune. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

Caroline had tact, and she had fine instinct: she felt that Rose Yorke was a peculiar child — one of the unique; she knew how to treat her. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Meanwhile I congratulated myself that the lock of that room was a peculiar one, and that the only key I knew of that would unlock it was under the pillow of the bed I had just left. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

She carried her head high, in that queenly defiance which was her peculiar grace. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Edgar Allan Poe They parted; and in a smile of peculiar meaning, the teeth of the changed Berenice disclosed themselves slowly to my view. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

Arnold Bennett When he looked at his father he saw nothing but an ugly, stertorous old man (old, that is, to Edwin), with a peculiar and incalculable way of regarding things and a temper of growing capriciousness. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Oliver Goldsmith These are therefore the consolations which the wretched have peculiar to themselves, and in which they are above the rest of mankind; in other respects they are below them. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

One particularly, which she called the ground pine, is peculiar as she told me, to the Alleghany, and in some places runs over whole acres of ground; it is extremely beautiful. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Helen Zimmern Indeed, the whole of Harry Ormond’s residence in the Black Islands affords Miss Edgeworth opportunities for exercising her peculiar felicity in displaying manners and customs. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

George Meredith A peculiar lightness of heart beset them; for brooding ambition is richer in that first realizing step it takes, insignificant though it seem, than in any subsequent achievement. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

G. K. Chesterton Turnbull’s tawny eyebrows were pulled together with a peculiar frown of curiosity, and all at once he walked quickly across the lawn. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Henry James I like to associate with people on the same terms as I do in my own country; that’s a peculiar taste that I have. An International Episode by Henry James [1878]

Theodore Dreiser This house at Pocono, or Forest Edge, as Mrs. Carter had named it, was conducted after a peculiar fashion. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Benjamin Disraeli Yes! he had humbled himself before her; he had thrown with disdain at her feet all that dazzling fame and expanding glory which seemed his peculiar and increasing privilege. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

The Romantic heroine is a peculiar creature, much given to swooning and weeping, yet always impeccably clad in no matter what nocturnal emergency she is surprised. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

The scene of the story has a peculiar interest, from the fact that it is laid at Hawthorne’s own door; the Feltons are supposed to have lived at the Wayside and the Hagburns in the Alcott house. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

H. G. Wells I felt a peculiar shrinking from those pallid bodies. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Then began a peculiar whistling and howling of the wind far above their heads; black shadows came trooping up and hung themselves like a dark veil over the bright face of the moon. The Doge and Dogess by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Anthony Trollope Lord Persiflage was a peculiar man. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

D. H. Lawrence Aaron was handsome, and always had that peculiar well-dressed look of his type. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James There’s a peculiar custom in this country — I shouldn’t know how to express it in Genevese: it’s called “being attentive,” and young girls are the object of the futile process. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

Richard Burton Egypt denoted it by the obelisk, peculiar to that country; and the form appeared in different parts of the world: thus in England it was a mere upright stone, and in Ireland a round tower. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Algernon Blackwood He has, for instance at least, so it seems to me peculiar powers. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Andrew Lang Now, in the ‘Kalevala,’ there is no trace of the influence of family feeling; it was no one’s peculiar care and pride to watch over the records of the fame of this or that hero. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Theodore Dreiser I— pardon me — but the peculiar nature of them makes me conclude that — possibly — he hasn’t. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope Quaverdale was like the rest of the world, and thought that a peculiar talent and a peculiar tact were needed for his own business. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

G. K. Chesterton He had, if we may judge from what we know of him, his own peculiar and somewhat detestable way of refusing. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

H. G. Wells I think the peculiar unpleasantness of that episode lies in the fact that we were all too close together. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

E. Phillips Oppenheim Was it a man? It was something human, at any rate, although its progression was slow and ungraceful, and marked with a peculiar but uniform action. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Therefore I see nothing peculiar in those pleasures, that they should be accounted proper to the mind, and all others to belong to the body, so far as to end there. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Walter Scott They exchanged a momentary glance of deep and peculiar meaning, and then the eyes of both were fixed on the ground. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

Thomas Hardy It was a spot which returned upon the memory of those who loved it with an aspect of peculiar and kindly congruity. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

E. Phillips Oppenheim He had met Mr. Sabin’s anxious and incredulous gaze with a faint, peculiar smile. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Henry James She’s an honest girl — perhaps even a peculiar girl; and she’s not a baby. Covering End by Henry James [1898]

But it was the industrialization of the North that gave the North-South antithesis its peculiar slant. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Jules Verne The aeronef began to fall astern, when Tom Turner was surprised by a peculiar odor. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

These form one peculiar ‘context’ for it; while, taken in another context of experiences, we class it as a fact in the physical world. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Caroline Lamb Her duplicity to me can scarcely justify the means I take of opening an aunt’s eyes; but the peculiar circumstances of my situation will, I hope, excuse it. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Charles Dickens You cannot name to him any little remote town in France, Italy, Germany, or Switzerland but he knows it well; stayed there a fortnight under peculiar circumstances. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

M. P. Shiel The women of the Maoris wore an abundance of green-jade ornaments, and I found a peculiar kind of shell-trumpet, one of which I have now, also a tattooing chisel, and a nicely-carved wooden bowl. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

G. K. Chesterton There is something very peculiar and suggestive about the names of these women. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Anthony Trollope The beauty of her face was uninjured, and that beauty was of a peculiar kind. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Nathaniel Hawthorne But now shall it be seen that the Lord hath sanctified this wilderness for his peculiar people. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Though always an object of peculiar interest, a riddle, and a theme of frequent discussion, her tenure at Blithedale was thenceforth fixed. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Guy de Maupassant The man with a mustache retains his own peculiar expression and his refinement at the same time. The Mustache (Good Reasons) (Le Moustache) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

G. K. Chesterton The object of a street is to lead from one place to another; therefore all streets join; therefore street fighting is quite a peculiar thing. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Arnold Bennett And she fancied that he spoke in a peculiar tone. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Henry James Newman, now that his prize was gained, felt a peculiar desire that his triumph should be manifest. The American by Henry James [1877]

George Gissing Now sing us “For Ever and for Ever.”’ This song being the speaker’s peculiar glory, she was of course requested to sing it herself, and, after entreaty, consented. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

D. H. Lawrence There was a peculiar glow and charm about him. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

D.H. Lawrence He felt a peculiar tingling sense of joy, a keenness of perception, a fine, delicate tingling as of music. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Charles Dickens All over Italy, a peculiar shake of the right hand from the wrist, with the forefinger stretched out, expresses a negative — the only negative beggars will ever understand. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

A loadstone loses some of its virtue by too great a heat; for its humour is set free, whence its peculiar nature is marred. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Thus the southern shores of America, Australia, and New Zealand may have become slightly tinted by the same peculiar forms of life. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

George Gissing They did not see each other very often, but always seemed glad to meet, and always talked in a tone of peculiar intimacy, as if conscious of mutual understanding. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Walter Scott Julian, at the first glance, imagined from the size that he saw a child of five years old; but a shrill and peculiar tone of voice soon assured him of his mistake. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

H. Rider Haggard But hers, on the contrary, though sweet, was decided, and clear as a bell, and with a peculiar ring in it that he would have recognized amongst a thousand others. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Something peculiar in my idiosyncrasy, I take it, for those who have tried it, say that it’s nothing when you’re used to it. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

E. F. Benson The murder had been a deed of peculiar horror, and there was nothing of sympathy in the mind of the public towards the perpetrator. The Confession of Charles Linkworth by E. F. Benson

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch The gust had passed some seconds before I caught myself detecting this peculiar note, and trying to disengage it from the natural chords of the storm. The Two Householders by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

It was most peculiar music: now it was tone-pictures thrown upon the dark background of shadows; and now it was a dance of sprites; and now a whispered confidence in the ear. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Rudyard Kipling It was a burden of peculiar atrocity, since its external manifestations were camouflaged beneath the apparatus and the verbiage of an elaborated civilisation. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Anthony Trollope And he did exercise it almost always,—always, indeed, unless he was driven to be courteously disagreeable by opposition to his own peculiar opinion. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

I ought to know that figure and peculiar style of walk. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Arthur Machen At night he contrived to wake for his strange courtship; and he had a peculiar ceremony when he got up in the dark and lit his candle. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

D. H. Lawrence The peculiar spell of anger carried the Princess on, almost unconscious, for an hour or so. The Princess by D. H. Lawrence [1925]

Henry James He knew already my peculiar views, that I was trying to get husbands for all the girls of my acquaintance and to prevent the men from taking wives. The Path Of Duty by Henry James [1884]

Bram Stoker Without a word she crossed the room and stood beside Mr. Caswall. It really was very like a fight of a peculiar kind; and the longer it was sustained the more earnest — the fiercer — it grew. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

George Meredith And thereby escaped the vice of domineering self-sufficiency peculiar to classical men, of which you had an amusing example in the carriage, on the way to Mrs. Mountstuart’s this evening. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Olaf Stapledon It over-estimates the value of its own peculiar manners and moral sentiments. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

His cowardice was of a peculiar and strange sort; for it was accompanied with the most unscrupulous and determined WILL— a will that Napoleon reverenced; a will of iron, and yet nerves of aspen. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Arthur Conan Doyle Suddenly, however, the Prince, whose keen eyes had swept from time to time over the great blue heaven, uttered a peculiar call and reined up his palfrey, pointing at the same time into the air. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Gertrude Stein SALMON. It was a peculiar bin a bin fond in beside. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

But there was, he said, a peculiar magic in these grammatical exercises no other subjects of instruction possessed. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Besides, there is another thing peculiar to man, viz. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

John Lewis Burckhard In general, not only every country, but every province, even, of the East, has its peculiar mode of writing, which practice alone can enable one to distinguish. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Thomas Paine Ignorance is of a peculiar nature: once dispelled, it is impossible to re-establish it. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

I remember now that there was something that struck me as being rather peculiar about it. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Julian Hawthorne This abruptness of manner, which was by no means proper to him, added to something very peculiar in his general aspect and expression, gave me quite a start. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

Anthony Trollope And if not his father, then why his uncle? But his inattention, his absence of gratitude for peculiar gifts, had sunk deep into Mr. Prosper’s bosom. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope The periodical has a peculiar tone of its own; but it holds its own with ability, and though there are many who perhaps hate it, there are none who despise it. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

G. K. Chesterton The first is a tendency to talk as if certain things were not only present in the higher Orientals, but were peculiar to them. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Arnold Bennett There was a peculiar charm in the way in which her skirts half-reluctantly followed her along the carpet, causing beautiful curves of drapery from the waist. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

While he was observing it, a peculiar wave of self-denial, of a disquieting nature, passed through him. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

George Gissing During her absence the visitor sat brooding, a peculiar half-smile on his face. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

G. K. Chesterton It is a correspondence which has very peculiar qualities and raises many profound questions. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Each lady of the society has a certain number under her peculiar care, and gives their clothes, which are poor enough, but according to the village fashion. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Jules Verne It was not a movement like earthquake, but that peculiar tremor that affects the metal of a boiler under high pressure. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Arthur Conan Doyle Round his brow he had a peculiar yellow band, with brownish speckles, which seemed to be bound tightly round his head. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

George Meredith The lady’s difficulty was peculiar to sweet natures that have no great warmth of passion; it can only be indicated. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

All night, even in sleep, a peculiar sense of calm enjoyment soothed the mind of Ethel, and she awoke in the morning with buoyant spirits, and a soul all alive to its own pleasurable existence. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Jules Verne These peculiar conditions rendered the cold endurable even in the open air. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

E. Phillips Oppenheim With the flutter of her skirts, there stole out into the tobacco and drink-odorous room a waft of peculiar but seductive perfume, overstrong, almost nauseating, yet in its way disturbing. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

It was a peculiar sound, too, like something heavy, but not hard, rushing softly over the dead leaves. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

There was something peculiar in his countenance, and I remember it well yet. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

It seems to be, in peculiar degree, a quality of consulship at ——, to be found remote and inaccessible. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Edgar Allan Poe Let me now advert — not to the whole testimony respecting these voices — but to what was peculiar in that testimony. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

Maria Edgeworth This was a time of peculiar enjoyment to Helen: she had leisure to grow happy in the feeling of reviving hopes from old associations. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

F. Scott Fitzgerald There was no sign or sound of life save for the continuous buzzing in his own ears, but after a moment Anthony himself broke the silence with a distinct and peculiar murmur. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

This Branksome Case is of peculiar interest to every medical man, owing to the simple fact that there is a great deal of secret poisoning going on nowadays. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Vixen was in a peculiar temper during those three weeks, and poor Miss McCroke had hard work with her. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Willa Cather A man, she knew, could get from his daughter a peculiar kind of hurt — one of the cruellest that flesh is heir to. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

D.H. Lawrence She recognized the peculiar sulky, childish look she knew so well, therefore, making an effort, she forbore to question. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Theodore Dreiser She suffered a peculiar nervous thrill from this, but decided curiously that she had brought it upon herself by her eagerness for life and revenge, and must make up her mind. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Thomas Hardy Her mother felt that Falls–Park was dangerous ground for a young girl of the susceptible age, and in Betty’s peculiar position, while Dornell talked and reasoned thus. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu She understood the peculiar character of her beautiful young cousin, and saw a difficulty, and even danger, in pressing the question upon her, possibly prematurely. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Thomas Hardy The peculiar charm attaching to an old village in an old country, as seen by the eyes of an absolute foreigner, was lowered in his case by magnified expectations from infantine memories. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Wilkie Collins Her eyes have that slight tinge of melancholy in their tenderness, and that peculiar softness in their repose, which is only seen in blue eyes. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Edgar Allan Poe I know not how it is, but this peculiar expression of the eye, wreathing itself occasionally into the lips, is the most powerful, if not absolutely the sole spell, which rivets my interest in woman. Tales of Natural Beauty by Edgar Allan Poe

Sir Walter Scott She was mounted on a milk-white horse, which she reined with peculiar grace and dignity; and in the whole of her stately and noble carriage you saw the daughter of an hundred kings. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

He had a peculiar way of jabbering over what he had scrawled. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

F. Scott Fitzgerald The beast walked with a peculiar gait which varied between an uncertain lockstep and a stampede — but can best be described by the word “halting. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I gazed on its sombre masses not with a softened feeling, but a peculiar sense of pain, and was glad when it was quite past. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Stamp-collectors are a strange, silent, fish-like breed, of all ages, but only of the male sex; women, apparently, fail to see the peculiar charm of gumming bits of coloured paper into albums. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope Let us acknowledge that we are all peculiar people, and that therefore there is the more reason why we should come together. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Theodore Dreiser Never before, he thought to himself, with a peculiar feeling of artistic degradation, had Aileen seen him like this. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Theodore Dreiser And as he thought his mind wandered back to Jennie and her peculiar “Oh no, no!” There was some one that appealed to him. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Everywhere was that peculiar charm engendered by the association of quiet pastoral country and a homely human atmosphere with a branch of the great ocean that bathes all the shores of our globe. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

He was elegantly made and possessed, as I have said, a face of peculiar beauty. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

H.G. Wells So many clever people are peculiar in their dress and manners. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

John Galsworthy The slow rich voice was speaking, and she caught in it a peculiar veiled triumph. Over the River by John Galsworthy

George Meredith Careful that no pause should follow, she commenced chatting to the ladies and gentlemen alternately, keeping Vittoria under her peculiar charge. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

He received most of his education in Edinburgh, and showed a peculiar talent for acquiring languages. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Wilkie Collins Under the widow’s instructions, she was preparing the peculiar vegetable diet which had been prescribed by Doctor Fontaine as part of the cure. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Sinclair Lewis Sound churchmen here and there were asking whether there was any peculiar spiritual value in frightening people into groveling maniacs. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

William Makepeace Thackeray As he had passed the Bower of Bloom a few days before, he saw Mossrose, who was combing out a jet-black ringlet, and held it up, as if for Woolsey’s examination, with a peculiar grin. Mens Wives by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

William Makepeace Thackeray A gracious reader no doubt has remarked that these humble sermons have for subjects some little event which happens at the preacher’s own gate, or which falls under his peculiar cognizance. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Then she said, with her peculiar smile, half grave, half ironical — “In matters more ordinary you would have won me to your side long ago. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

H. G. Wells I turned with my heart in my mouth, and saw a queer little ape-like figure, its head held down in a peculiar manner, running across the sunlit space behind me. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Nathaniel Hawthorne But, after all, they were birds of city breeding, and doubtless knew how to guard themselves against the peculiar perils of their position. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

The sky was of a deep blue; a brilliant gold cloud, of peculiar shape, was moving slowly across it just overhead. The Story of Dorothy Grape by Ellen Wood [1881]

I shall hereafter have occasion to show that the exotic Lobelia fulgens is never visited in my garden by insects, and consequently, from its peculiar structure, never sets a seed. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Vandeloup looked at him with a peculiar gleam in his dark eyes, and bowed. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

I have a peculiar feeling about this. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

The moulding of her cheek, full just below the eyes, and ending in a soft oval, gave a peculiar expression, at once beseeching and tender, and yet radiant with vivacity and gladness. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Anthony Trollope But his observations were received with that peculiar cold civility which the man’s manner assumed when he felt that interference was taken in matters which were essentially private to himself. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Washington Irving They have not sufficiently considered the peculiar circumstances in which the Indians have been placed, and the peculiar principles under which they have been educated. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

The peculiar atmosphere of the country continued to soak into his brain. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

For a week afterwards your thighs are so stiff that coming downstairs is quite a difficult feat; you have to work your way down in a peculiar sidelong manner, without bending the knees. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Walter Scott On a second perusal, his displeasure seemed to increase, his brow darkened, and was distinctly marked with the fatal sign peculiar to his family and house. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

Charles Kingsley They are a peculiar of their own making, exempt from bishop, archdeacon, and all authority, either ecclesiastical or civil. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Journeying now again about north-west, we reached a peculiar pointed hill with the Finke at its foot. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

George Gissing He leaned forward with his arms upon the table, and gazed at Godwin with eyes of peculiar brightness. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

D. H. Lawrence Her black hair was parted smooth, her narrow-opened eyes were sly and satirical, she had a peculiar twang in her rather sleering voice. Her Turn by D. H. Lawrence [1913]

All this holds true in a peculiar degree, and more especially on the spiritual side, of such portions of the educational system as have been immediately affected by kindergarten methods and ideals. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

There was a peculiar quality in the stillness of the air. The Tale by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Anthony Trollope The Duca di Crinola should be Duca di Crinola as far as he, Crocker, could make his voice heard; and all that heard him should know that the Duca was his own old peculiar friend. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Baldwin Spencer They become very excited and, far away in the bush, you can hear this peculiar striking sound, because the time they keep is perfect. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Anthony Trollope He had not seen the peculiar nature of his father-in-law’s foibles. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett Her blood being stirred by Constance’s peculiar inflection of the phrase ‘my dark house,’ her judgment was slightly obscured. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Edith Wharton The peculiar dress, the sad face, resembled nothing Vance had ever seen; but instantly he felt their intimate relation to all that was peculiar and unfamiliar in the house. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Henry James But today her irritation had a peculiar keenness; it appeared to feed upon itself. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

As this is a peculiar operation, it will require a minute description. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

During the same period, he persuaded himself that a peculiar configuration of clouds prevailed; this he took as a collateral proof of his electrical hypothesis. The Last Days of Immanuel Kant by Thomas De Quincey [1827]

H. G. Wells The other is the assertion of a little girl to the effect that, going to her afternoon school, she saw the murdered man “trotting” in a peculiar manner across a field towards the gravel pit. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Jules Verne His eyes, which were gentle and intelligent, rather than bold, lent a peculiar charm to his physiognomy. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Arthur Conan Doyle High reeds of a peculiar type grew thickly before us, which were pronounced to be equisetacea, or mare’s-tails, with tree-ferns scattered amongst them, all of them swaying in a brisk wind. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

He has occupied the house six months, yet they have never seen any one about the premise but himself and a strange old servant as peculiar and uncommunicative as his master. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

It is, therefore, not probable that the horns have been modified into their present great length and peculiar position, as a protection against beasts of prey. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

During that time also my senses acquired a peculiar keenness, my hearing and sight became more acute, my memory more retentive, my storehouse of impressions widened. In the World by Maksim Gorky

David Hume But to any one who duly considers of the matter, it will appear that this quality has a peculiar lustre, which it derives wholly from itself, and from that noble elevation inseparable from it. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

Benjamin Disraeli I have myself a good opinion of you, but I have myself seen very little of you, though more than any one here, and I am a person of a peculiar turn of mind. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A man needs a peculiar sort of mentality, Melville, to do our work. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

John Locke And hence I think it is that these essences of the species of mixed modes are by a more particular name called notions; as, by a peculiar right, appertaining to the understanding. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

She gave a quick, peculiar little look from one to the other of them, and then, after a slight nod to Harland addressed Larose. “I wanted to be sure and catch you before you left,” she said. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Henry James But the last phrase I have quoted was followed by a pause of peculiar significance, and then, at last, Catherine spoke. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

It was his peculiar felicity, not only to be born in a country of liberty, but in an age when all scholastic impertinences were banished from the world. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Walter Scott His features were small, well-formed, and delicate, though deeply embrowned by the Eastern sun, and terminated by a flowing and curled black beard, which seemed trimmed with peculiar care. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

You were here this morning consulting me about a friend who is afflicted with a peculiar complaint. The Bronze Hand by Anna Katharine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle On this our guide knocked with a peculiar postman-like rat-tat. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Walter Scott They, too, had their peculiar doctrines on the most difficult points of religion, and united the extravagances of enthusiasm with the most determined courage and resolution in the field. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Yes, this man certainly had a peculiar knowledge of his own. In the World by Maksim Gorky

His success had brought on the long-neglected composer pressing applications for concerti and sonata, adapted to his more peculiar science on the violin. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Theodore Dreiser The junior Senator, George Sylvester Brander, was a man of peculiar mould. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Among the fauna peculiar to the Australian region there are two species to which early observers applied the condemnatory term devil-the Tasmanian devil and the York or mountain devil. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

G. K. Chesterton Any one who settles down in a place without becoming part of it is (barring peculiar personal cases, of course) a tripper or wandering cad. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Anthony Trollope But she was too young as yet to have become mistress of that persistent courage which was Lady Linlithgow’s peculiar possession. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

D.H. Lawrence There was a peculiar charm in their movement. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

E. T. A. Hoffmann Antonia’s voice was of a very remarkable and altogether peculiar timbre, at one time it was like the sighing of an Æolian harp, at another like the warbled gush of the nightingale. The Cremona Violin by E. T. A. Hoffmann

F. Scott Fitzgerald It was more than nervousness — she felt that in a peculiar way she was laughing with her child — they were laughing together. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Thomas Hobbes And whereas, for a peculiar people, they put a precious jewel, or treasure, a man might as well call the special regiment or company of a general the general's precious jewel, or his treasure. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Arthur Conan Doyle His surprise that a young girl should not know whence appearances come or whither they go, when they are psychic forms materializing in her own peculiar aura, does not seem reasonable. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]