abnormity

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From Late Latin abnormitas, from Latin abnormis (irregular, abnormal), from ab + norm (rule, pattern). See also abnormous.

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abnormity (plural abnormities)

  1. (rare) Alternative form of abnormality [First attested in the mid 18th century.][1]
    • 1893, Adeline Dutton Train Whitney, Real Folks:
      Why do critics—some of them—make such short, smart work,—such cheerful, confident despatch, nowadays, of a story with religion in it, as if it were an abnormity,—a thing with sentence of death in itself, like a calf born with two heads,—that needs not their trouble, save to name it as it is?
  2. A monstrosity [First attested in the mid 19th century.][1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 6