Definition of abnormity in English:



  • 1An abnormal feature, characteristic, or occurrence.

    ‘tests for abnormities’
    • ‘Are these feathers legitimate, or is the whole thing an abnormity?’
    • ‘Smear tests will still be used to test for abnormities after the HPV vaccine is introduced.’
    • ‘The asparagus or sweet potato stem occasionally broadens out into a ribbon, and it passes as an abnormity.’
    • ‘Let us consider it carefully before we lay before the world what might prove a structural and aesthetic abnormity.’
    • ‘Two techniques are regularly used in screening assessment to establish the nature of a confirmed abnormity.’
    mutant, mutation, freak, freak of nature, monster, abortion, malformation
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    1. 1.1[mass noun]The quality or state of being abnormal.
      ‘abnormity of the abdomen’
      • ‘The first question asks us to decide what type of mind is a potential criminal, or what degree of abnormity a man must have to be a criminal.’
      • ‘Criminal manifestations appear to him to be largely due to physical abnormity or disease.’
      • ‘The same author speaks of the nails frequently showing evidences of abnormity in connection with either absence or superabundance of hair.’
      • ‘Women's involvement in war and violence has often been perceived in terms of deviance and abnormity.’
      • ‘On reviewing the epoch-making events of the eighteenth century, we find a condition of affairs startling in its abnormity.’


Mid 18th century: from late Latin abnormitas, from abnormis monstrous, from ab- away, from + norma (see norm).