1. someone who selects according to the eclectic method

    Synonyms : eclecticist
    Type Of : philosopher
  2. selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas


  1. a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities)

    Synonyms : case, character, type
    Type Of : grownup, adult
    Examples :
    • a friendly eccentric
  2. not having a common center; not concentric

    Synonyms : nonconcentric
    Antonyms : concentric
    Examples :
    • eccentric circles
  3. conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual

    Synonyms : bizarre, flakey, flaky, freakish, freaky, gonzo, off-the-wall, outlandish, outre
    Examples :
    • famed for his eccentric spelling
  4. a person with an unusual or odd personality

    Synonyms : eccentric person, flake, geek, oddball
    Type Of : person, individual, mortal, somebody, someone, soul


  1. joyously unrestrained

    Synonyms : exuberant, high-spirited


  1. not forming an essential part of a thing or arising or originating from the outside

    Antonyms : intrinsic
    Examples :
    • extrinsic evidence
    • an extrinsic feature of the new building
    • that style is something extrinsic to the subject
    • looking for extrinsic aid


  1. draw from specific cases for more general cases

    Synonyms : generalise, generalize, infer
    Type Of : conclude, reason, reason out
  2. estimate the value of

    Synonyms : interpolate
    Type Of : work out, figure, reckon, cipher, calculate, compute, cypher
  3. gain knowledge of (an area not known or experienced) by extrapolating

    Type Of : infer, derive, deduct, deduce


  1. not belonging to that in which it is contained; introduced from an outside source

    Synonyms : foreign
    Examples :
    • water free of extraneous matter
  2. coming from the outside

    Synonyms : external, outside
    Examples :
    • extraneous light in the camera spoiled the photograph
    • relying upon an extraneous income
  3. not pertinent to the matter under consideration

    Synonyms : immaterial, impertinent, orthogonal
    Examples :
    • an issue extraneous to the debate
  4. not essential

    Examples :
    • the ballet struck me as extraneous and somewhat out of keeping with the rest of the play


  1. hand over to the authorities of another country

    Synonyms : deliver, deport
    Type Of : expel, kick out, throw out
    Examples :
    • They extradited the fugitive to his native country so he could be tried there


  1. praise, glorify, or honor

    Synonyms : exalt, glorify, laud, proclaim
    Type Of : praise
    Examples :
    • extol the virtues of one's children


  1. a collection of things (goods or works of art etc.) for public display

    Synonyms : exhibition, expo
    Type Of : assemblage, aggregation, collection, accumulation
  2. a systematic interpretation or explanation (usually written) of a specific topic

    Synonyms : expounding
    Type Of : interpretation
  3. an account that sets forth the meaning or intent of a writing or discourse

    Type Of : account, explanation
    Examples :
    • we would have understood the play better if there had been some initial exposition of the background
  4. (music) the section of a movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes first occur

    Type Of : section, subdivision


  1. speed up the progress of; facilitate

    Synonyms : hasten
    Type Of : help, aid, assist
    Examples :
    • This should expedite the process
  2. process fast and efficiently

    Type Of : litigate, process, sue, action
    Examples :
    • I will try to expedite the matter