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irregularity

[ih-reg-yuh-lar-i-tee] /ɪˌrɛg yəˈlær ɪ ti/
noun, plural irregularities for 2, 3.
1.
the quality or state of being irregular.
2.
something irregular.
3.
a breach of rules, customs, etiquette, morality, etc.
4.
occasional mild constipation.
Origin of irregularity
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English irregularite < Old French < Medieval Latin irrēgulāritās. See ir-2, regularity
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  • I was regular in my irregularities, and orderly in my disorders.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Minor typographical errors and irregularities have been corrected.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • If the road is too dry, the drag will not smooth the irregularities.

  • He seized at irregularities in the bank, and got his head above the level of the ground.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • He ventured to correct the irregularities of the ballads, and not seldom has spoiled them.

British Dictionary definitions for irregularities

irregularity

/ɪˌrɛɡjʊˈlærɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the state or quality of being irregular
2.
something irregular, such as a bump in a smooth surface
3.
a breach of a convention or normal procedure
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Word Origin and History for irregularities

irregularity

n.

early 14c., "violation of Church rules," from Old French irregularité (14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin irregularitas, from irregularis (see irregular). Meaning "state of being not regular" is from 1590s.

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