I was reading GRE vocabulary when i came across these two words. There dictionary definition is very similar to each other. They both stand for unconventional behaviour. Two examples :

He is a maverick who sometimes rebels against his own party.

Most of the artists are mavericks.

In the second sentence it looks eccentric can also go there.


The definitions might seem similar, but they are not closely related in use at all.

"Maverick" connotes more of a willful rebellion, as in someone who actively chooses not to do things the same way as everyone else. A maverick tends to be someone strong-willed or principled in their nonconformity.

"Eccentric" is used more accurately to describe someone who is strange or odd, which may not necessarily be purposeful or understood by other people.

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  • @geekahedron..I have understood maverick but facing difficulty in understanding the usage of eccentric. Can you please provide me examples of eccentric personality? A sentence or two would do for me. – Sudhir Sharma May 13 '19 at 15:58
  • It may help to take a look at the Wikipedia page on "eccentricity": en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eccentricity_(behavior) – geekahedron May 13 '19 at 16:01
  • @geekahedron..thanks for the link. The main problem i have in understanding this word is that at some places it is used to describe a positive trait of a person. Sometimes to describe the negative trait. For some mad behaviour it is said that a person is eccentric. At some places eccentric is used to describe positive quality like genius or creative. That is same in the wikipedia link also. – Sudhir Sharma May 13 '19 at 16:11
  • @SudhirSharma Yup - eccentric in and of itself is neither positive nor negative, which is why you're having that confusion. – David Rice May 13 '19 at 16:17
  • So its useless to say 'he is an eccentric person.' If the context is missing it would be useless. – Sudhir Sharma May 13 '19 at 16:18

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