Idiosyncrasy

A crotchet or peculiar one-sided view of a subject, a monomania. Properly a peculiar effect produced by medicines or foods; as when coffee acts as an aperient; the electrical current as an emetic, as it does upon me. (Greek, idios sun krasis, something peculiar to a person's temperament.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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