aberration aberration  /ˌæ bə ˈreɪ ʃən/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a state or condition markedly different from the norm
  2. (n) a disorder in one's mental state
  3. (n) an optical phenomenon resulting from the failure of a lens or mirror to produce a good image

Usage(s):

  1. The mango showers in January were an aberration.
  2. When the injured man returned exhausted from the war, his quick temper was put down as an aberration and not his usual disposition.

News

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    It would be natural to suspect that Animal Kingdom’s Derby victory might be another aberration. Yet an examination of the race indicates that his performance was legitimate.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Daily Racing Form

  2. DCF says tot’s death not a sign of systemic incompetence

    DCF officials insisted Thursday that agency missteps preceding the death of a Kendall infant in a sweltering car were an aberration, not part of a pattern.
    on June 7, 2013     Source: Miami Herald

  3. Onstage spotlights: "Effect of Gamma Rays,” "Emilie,” "African Nights,” "Aberration of Starlight”

    Bethany Ford as Emily Dickinson in “Aberration of Starlight.” Opening: This is a sweet little play of hope by Paul Zindel. Caledonia Wilson plays Tillie, a bright and optimistic student who flowers despite living in a home full of negativity.
    on June 7, 2013     Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Quotes

  1. "We see this quarter's overall poor trading performance as an aberration," Prince stated.
    on Oct 1, 2007 By: Charles Prince Source: AFP

  2. Domenech himself said he tried "to convince them that what they were doing was an aberration, an imbecility, a stupidity without name," over their decision to strike, but never blamed himself for failing to control them.
    on Jul 2, 2010 By: Raymond Domenech Source: The Canadian Press

  3. "We've had a number of injuries resulting from fighting recently. The question is whether or not that's an aberration or whether or not it's something we need to be concerned about," Bettman said.
    on Mar 27, 2007 By: Gary Bettman Source: Sun-Sentinel.com

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