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abnormal +‎ -ity


  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌæbˌnɔɹˈmæl.ət.i/, /ˌæbˌnɔɹˈmæl.ɪt.i/, /ˌæbˌnɚˈmæl.ət.i/, /ˌæbˌnɚˈmæl.ɪt.i/
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abnormality (countable and uncountable, plural abnormalities)

  1. The state or quality of being abnormal; variation; irregularity. [First attested in the mid 19th century.][1]
    • 2015 May 26, “Taylor Swift: Pop stardom is made out to be harder than it is”, in BBC News[1]:
      Taylor said that her fame makes her "sometimes" miss the normality of being able to hang out with friends but that she's had to get used to "the abnormality of my life".
  2. Something abnormal; an aberration; an abnormal occurrence or feature. [First attested in the mid 19th century.][1]
    • 1991, Brannon Braga, Identity Crisis (Star Trek: The Next Generation), season 4, episode 18, spoken by Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden):
      I want a full genetic analysis. We're going to examine any abnormality we find no matter how insignificant it seems.



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  1. 1.0 1.1 Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002) , “abnormality”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 6