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Special, unusual or exciting things, events and people - thesaurus

Synonyms

novelty

noun

something new and unusual

curiosity

noun

something unusual and interesting

happening

noun

an event that is unusual or important

spectacle

noun

an unusual, exciting, or impressive event or sight

exception

noun

someone or something that is different in some way from other people or things and so cannot be included in a general statement

occasion

noun

a special or important time or event

stroke

noun

an unexpected but important event or action

paradox

noun

a person, thing, or situation that is strange because they have features or qualities that do not normally exist together

aberration

noun

formal something that is not normal or not what you would usually expect

number

noun

informal someone or something that is unusual or attractive

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a breath of fresh air

informal someone or something that is new, interesting, and exciting

Aladdin’s Cave

noun

British a place that is full of exciting and unexpected things

apparition

noun

humorous someone who looks very strange or unusual

a real live

used for emphasizing that an example of an interesting or unusual type of person or thing is present

carryings-on

noun

spoken unusual, surprising, or annoying behaviour

cheap thrill

noun

something that is exciting but does not give real satisfaction

conversation piece

noun

an interesting or unusual object that attracts attention and makes people start talking about it

curio

noun

an object that is very old or unusual

doozy

noun

mainly Americaninformal something that is extremely unusual or special

drama

noun

something unusual or exciting that happens

dynamite

noun

mainly journalism something exciting and shocking that could cause a lot of problems

freak

noun

something with very unusual features that make it very different from other things of its type

fringe

noun

people or activities that are considered strange or extreme

goings-on

noun

informal events or activities that are strange, dishonest, or illegal

the odd one/man out

someone or something that is different from the others in a group or list

the odd one/man out

someone or something that is remaining after others form pairs, groups, or sets

on/for high days and holidays

on or for special occasions

red-letter day

noun

informal a very happy or exciting day

sensation

noun

an event that causes a lot of excitement and interest

tableau

noun

an unusual or impressive scene that you remember for a long time

thrills and spills

exciting things that happen

BuzzWord

gaslight

to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Open Dictionary

Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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