November 10, 2012
strange (adjective)
\STRAINJ\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : not native to or naturally belonging in a place2 a : not known, heard, or seen before b : causing surprise or wonder because not usual : noticeably unusual3 : uneasy
How do you use it?
"They all looked so strange standing there perfectly lifelike and also perfectly still, in the bright cold moonlight, that it was eerie work crossing the courtyard." (C. S. Lewis, _The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe_)
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Which word do you think is a synonym of "strange"?

It's quite peculiar how many synonyms there are for "strange." In addition to "peculiar," "strange" shares its meaning with "eccentric," "unique," "odd," and "outlandish." All these words describe something that is unusual or unexpected. "Strange" applies to something unfamiliar or unnatural, as in "a journey filled with strange sights," or "a strange noise." "Peculiar" suggests that something is very distinctive, as in "a peculiar facial expression." "Eccentric" usually describes someone whose behavior is very unusual, as in "an eccentric millionaire." "Unique" describes something that is like nothing else, as in "a unique piece of jewelry." "Odd" applies to something that is not regular or expected, as in "an odd sense of humor." "Outlandish" applies to something that is bizarre or out of the ordinary, as in "an outlandish excuse."
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