anomaly

Part of speech: noun

Irregularity; anything abnormal.

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Usage examples "anomaly":

  1. So great was the mastery of his presence that Carne felt himself guilty of impertinence in carrying his head above the level of the General's plume, and stooped unconsciously- as hundreds of tall men are said to have done- to lessen this anomaly of Nature. - "Springhaven A Tale of the Great War", R. D. Blackmore.
  2. So few women begin to think of anything serious till they've forgotten their looks, that you must excuse my calling you an anomaly. - "The Mystery of a Turkish Bath", E.M. Gollan (AKA Rita).
  3. The miasma, condensed by the fogs and transported in all directions by the winds, now began to overleap every natural or artificial barrier, and the favoured herds, ruminating at their ease in the manorial farms of the wealthy patricians, in their well- kept parks and amid every luxury, were suddenly smitten with an evil which in their case seemed an anomaly. - "On the cattle plague: or, Contagious typhus in horned cattle. Its history, origin, description, and treatment", Honoré Bourguignon.