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[ih-reg-yuh-lar-i-tee] /ɪˌrɛg yəˈlær ɪ ti/
noun, plural irregularities for 2, 3.
the quality or state of being irregular.
something irregular.
a breach of rules, customs, etiquette, morality, etc.
occasional mild constipation.
Origin of irregularity
1275-1325; Middle English irregularite < Old French < Medieval Latin irrēgulāritās. See ir-2, regularity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The irregularity of the proceeding was unnoticed in the tense excitement.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • irregularity and pain in menstruation are a frequent cause of neuroticism.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • The use of either instrument, when unaccompanied, leads to every sort of irregularity and trickery.

    Laws Plato
  • The irregularity of the meeting must be assigned to the enactment against which it offended.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • There should be no plundering, no irregularity, no disregard of general orders.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • Secrecy is urged as the reason for the irregularity of the meeting.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • What would make their defection more certain was the irregularity of pay.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • Trust to some irregularity when you are there, to get recalled, and be injured.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • irregularity and singularity were among the fashions of the day.

    A Houseful of Girls Sarah Tytler
British Dictionary definitions for irregularity


noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being irregular
something irregular, such as a bump in a smooth surface
a breach of a convention or normal procedure
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Word Origin and History for irregularity

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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