I tried using 특점 in a sentence but was told 특징 might be more appropriate. Is there a difference? Here are the definitions from Naver's dictionary:

특점: [명사] 특별히 다른 점.

특징: 다른 것에 비하여 특별히 눈에 뜨이는 점.

I'm still not sure if I understand the nuance difference and why they wouldn't be interchangeable.

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    What was the sentence? Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 15:46
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    It's not about subtle nuances, or interchangeability. 특점 is just used extremely rarely, if not at all. You might want to use 특이점 though, as 특이점 and 특징 are roughly interchangeable.
    – krim
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 22:56
  • @krim Thank you! Very good to know.
    – vievievie
    Commented Dec 21, 2016 at 1:07
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    Hmm, actually, I think there's a difference. 특이점 means "특이한 점" (something strange/noteworthy), slightly different from 특징 (characteristic). So you could say "적의 기지를 감시했지만 특이점을 발견하지 못했다." (= didn't find anything noteworthy), but you can't use "특징" here.
    – jick
    Commented Dec 21, 2016 at 5:20
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    @jick7 is completely right about the difference, as 특징 mostly means characteristic, while 특이점 can mean both characteristic and anomaly (though it is more often used as the latter - of which the meaning then expands into the singularity in some particular scientific contexts). That's why I commented they're roughly interchangeable.
    – krim
    Commented Dec 21, 2016 at 14:28

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To be honest I kind of understand what 특점 means but I never used in my life or heard of it until I see this posting. Most of case I would use 특징 its almost same meaning but most people use 특징 instead of 특점.


특징 = point distinguishing things

특이점=특이한 점=point in a thing A does not follow the governing rule of A

I will enumerate 특징 of superman distinguishing from general people :

(1) He has an arm like a steel

(2) He has an eye shooting laser

(3) He has a fast leg

(4) When he is with some green stone, then he sleep.

Here (1)-(3) are strong points of superman, but at (4), these are broken. Hence (4) is 특이점.

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