Meaning of peculiar people

pecu'liar peo'ple

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. the Jews as being God's chosen people. Deut. 14:2.
  2. a name adopted by certain fundamentalist Christian sects, signifying their refusal to conform to any rule of conduct that is contrary to the letter or spirit of the Bible.
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