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Friday, July 30, 1999

Definitions for aberrant

  1. Markedly different from an accepted norm; Deviating from the ordinary or natural type; abnormal.

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Citations for aberrant
The impulse toward individual expression is a recent and a possibly aberrant one in art. Nicholas Delbanco, New York Times
These characters are so wild and aberrant they are close to appearing lunatics. Bosley Crowther, New York Times
Origin of aberrant
That which is aberrant is literally that which "wanders away from" what is accepted, ordinary, normal, natural, etc., aberrant being from Latin aberro, aberrare, to wander off, to lose one's way, from ab, away from + erro, errare, to wander.
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