Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as aberrancy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun the state or condition of being aberrant; a wandering from the right way; deviation from truth, rectitude, etc.
  • noun (Geom.) the deviation of a curve from a circular form.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a state or condition markedly different from the norm

Etymologies

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From aberr ("to stray"), from Latin aberrō ("to wander from the way") + -ance

Examples

  • The report, produced by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, argues that the high incidence of sexual abuse by priests reflected the growing aberrance of American society in general during that period, including "drug use and crime, as well as changes in social behavior, such as an increase in premarital sexual behavior and divorce."

    Rabbi Shmuley Boteach: Sexual License of the 1960s Does Not Excuse Pedophile Priests

  • Ordinarily, she was by far the more sensitive of them, noticing instantly any behavioral aberrance, making snap judgments based on intuition, which were usually correct.

    Baby Games

  • A lot of people associate a taste for grindhouse movies with the tiresome condescension of the 'so-bad-it's-good' ethos, but Tarantino understands the aesthetics of aberrance that animated the explorations of so-called trash hounds.

    GreenCine Daily: Grindhouse, 4/4.

  • Ask Huck at what end of the spectrum of aberrance lies the act of knifing and stoning a stray dog to death as it swings by it's legs hung from a tree.

    Huckabee Adviser Clarifies Remark About Homosexuality And Necrophilia: They're Both "Aberrant Behavior," But They're At "Opposite Ends Of The Spectrum"

  • Dorothy used the word "irregular" in the titles of three of her poems, but "Irregular Verses" bears the most glaring metrical aberrance of the three: the moment in line 43, the only line of heptameter in the poem: "Though in our riper years we each pursued a different way."

    'Put to the Blush': Romantic Irregularities and Sapphic Tropes

  • For all its over-the-top aberrance and brash transgressiveness, GTA IV doesn't really wrestle with the radiant feverish nightmare labyrinth that post-9/11 America has become.

    'Grand,' but No 'Godfather'

  • He said this clinically, casually, as if noting a statistical aberrance he hoped to study in his spare time.

    Skinned

  • Sandbox games (which is a fancy way of saying a game where you can ignore the game's objectives) shot through with criminal aberrance have always been a weakness of mine.

    'Grand,' but No 'Godfather'

  • He said this clinically, casually, as if noting a statistical aberrance he hoped to study in his spare time.

    Skinned

  • Early conditioning in this household setting will produce later aberrance, guaranteed.

    "Sperm cells created from female embryo."

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