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1An abnormal feature, characteristic, or occurrence:‘tests for abnormities’
mutant, mutation, freak, freak of nature, monster, abortion, malformationView synonyms
- ‘Smear tests will still be used to test for abnormities after the HPV vaccine is introduced.’
- ‘Are these feathers legitimate, or is the whole thing an abnormity?’
- ‘The asparagus or sweet potato stem occasionally broadens out into a ribbon, and it passes as an abnormity.’
- ‘Two techniques are regularly used in screening assessment to establish the nature of a confirmed abnormity.’
- ‘Let us consider it carefully before we lay before the world what might prove a structural and aesthetic abnormity.’
- 1.1[mass noun] The quality or state of being abnormal:‘abnormity of the abdomen’
- ‘The same author speaks of the nails frequently showing evidences of abnormity in connection with either absence or superabundance of hair.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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).
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