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Thursday, March 01, 2018

Definitions for aberration

  1. the act of departing from the right, normal, or usual course.
  2. the act of deviating from the ordinary, usual, or normal type.
  3. deviation from truth or moral rectitude.

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Citations for aberration
They don't want to believe that the United States is opposed to action on global warming. They’d rather see the Trump administration as an aberration. Lisa Friedman and Brad Plumer, "Introducing Our Newsletter, Climate Fwd:" New York Times, November 15, 2017
I had never fought or thrown a punch at anyone. It was an aberration to my father, and he had instilled in me this idea of physical violence as an aberration. David Adams Richards, Mercy Among the Children, 2000
Origin of aberration
The English noun aberration has wandered far from its Latin original. Cicero (106-43 b.c.) is the first (and only) Latin author to use the noun aberrātiō “distraction, diversion, relief (from pain or sorrow).” Aberrātiō is a derivative of the verb aberrāre “to divert, forget for a time; to wander off, go astray, deviate.” Aberration entered English in the 16th century.