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The outburst was an aberration, out of keeping with her character.
  a state or condition that isn’t normal
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  • The outburst was an aberration, out of keeping with her character.
  • At that moment she cannot have been in her right mind; yet, what was the cause of her temporary aberration I cannot say.
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  The Gambler
  • Spivak says my unique status as a marvel of genetic aberration makes me an object of intense curiosity," he says in that lofty way of his.
    Rodman Philbrick  --  Freak the Mighty
  • Death will find me long before I tire of contemplating an evening spent in his company during which he enthralled a mixed audience consisting of a fur trader, a Cree Indian matron, and an Anglican missionary, with an hour-long monologue on sexual aberrations in female pygmy shrews.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf

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  • We haven’t had an Aberration for three years."
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • And that evening when she gave a party and wore her Margit Brandt blouse began to appear like an aberration.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • But I am a person who is too often weakly misguided by the external masquerade, quick to trust in such notions as that the ghastly blow-up I had witnessed was a lamentable but rare aberration in a lovers’ connection whose prevailing tone was really hearts and flowers.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Anyone might have known that his flight was only homesickness and a momentary aberration.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • And if they know I have it, they might do something to alter the force field so I can’t see the aberration anymore.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • People in general thought him a lunatic, and blamed his Reform Club friends for having accepted a wager which betrayed the mental aberration of its proposer.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days

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  • In the C vocabulary, which consisted of scientific and technical words, it might be necessary to give specialized names to certain sexual aberrations, but the ordinary citizen had no need of them.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Had I always been an aberration, or was this something Melanie was making me into?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • The thing was an aberration—its existence went against nature.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • The others can believe what they like, but I don’t believe for a second that this is the real August and the other an aberration.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • He was a very pleasant fellow but with bad political aberrations.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • The thing we (reader and I) are "in" on? A botanical aberration.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • Mr. Avery said it was written on the Rosetta Stone that when children disobeyed their parents, smoked cigarettes and made war on each other, the seasons would change: Jem and I were burdened with the guilt of contributing to the aberrations of nature, thereby causing unhappiness to our neighbors and discomfort to ourselves.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • And what further and deeper aberration might it not yet produce?
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • It has gradually augmented, until it assumes the appearance of aberration of intellect.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • A tremulous uncertainty of the action of all her limbs soon became a part of her regular state, and afterwards, at intervals of two or three months, she would often put her hands to her head, and would then remain for about a week at a time in some gloomy aberration of mind.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • We will make a clean sweep of all these psychological points, of a suspicion against you, so that your crime will appear to have been something like an aberration, for in truth it was an aberration.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • All this was prepared beforehand on the table, and, as he had done on the previous evening, he began to scrutinize Cosette’s face with a gaze full of ecstasy, in which the expression of kindness and tenderness almost amounted to aberration.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He knew he’d had a narrow escape and in later years was fond of talking about "that inarticulate sense for actuality which is our ultimate safeguard against the aberrations of mere logic".
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • Hence a thousand optical illusions, a thousand aberrations of judgment, a thousand deviations, in which his thought strayed, now mad, now idiotic.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Dexter was the different one, the aberration.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • If the Andromeda Strain produced hemorrhage inside the brain for any reason, then it might produce rapid, unusual mental aberrations.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Or call it his aberration—that 1/400th of a second that welded him to a national fantasy.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • I thought it was an aberration of my senses, a mad dream.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • Listen, what is an aberration?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Stark upheavals bring out every sort of quaint aberration by the very suddenness of their coming.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • At length, in a case of aberration such as this, comment presented itself as more expedient than any answer.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Whether Captain Vere, as the Surgeon professionally and privately surmised, was really the sudden victim of any degree of aberration, one must determine for himself by such light as this narrative may afford.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • The trumped up misdemeanour was due to a momentary aberration of heredity, brought on by hallucination, such familiarities as the alleged guilty occurrence being quite permitted in my client’s native place, the land of the Pharaoh.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • In their world, aberrations were as much a part of nature as grace.
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • Your criminal willingness to overlook this—this obvious aberration from Party policy—does not make your judgment appear very sound.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • And since no difference is less easily overcome than the difference of opinion about semi-abstract questions, they never agreed in any opinion, and had long, indeed, been accustomed to jeer without anger, each at the other’s incorrigible aberrations.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • …and that one of these other vus would explain succinctly the bafing phenomenon of which he had been both a witness and a part; it was even possible that none of what he thought had taken place, really had taken place, that he was dealing with an aberration of memory rather than of perception, that he never really had thought he had seen, that his impression now that he once had thought so was merely the illusion of an illusion, and that he was only now imagining that he had ever once…
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • But despite these aberrations he seemed to be accepted as an islander, simply because he had called Auntie Braxton "Trudy," a name nobody had used for her since she was a young woman.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • Here was clearly a case of aberration in a christened child which demanded severe treatment; but Silas, overcome with convulsive joy at finding his treasure again, could do nothing but snatch her up, and cover her with half-sobbing kisses.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • I wondered if he was another of the many genetic aberrations I had seen in Moody’s intermarried family.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Zeitoun convinced himself that the previous day had been an aberration, that today would bring a return to reason and procedure.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • (It was the late sixties before analyses indeed showed some chromosome aberrations in Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors, and it would, of course, take much longer to tell what, if any, effects there would be on their progeny.) There were several ailments, less life-threatening than the cancers, that were thought by many doctors — and by most of the people who were subject to them — to have resulted from exposure to the bomb: several sorts of anemia, liver dysfunction, sexual problems,…
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • The shock of his father’s accident coming on top of the shell-shock was deemed to have caused temporary mental aberration.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • Most of the crew liked the boy and had decided to treat his frequent weepings as simply a mild aberration, related in some way to his nationality.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • In fact, throughout that first year, he gave intimations that he loved both its regularities and its aberrations.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • When I observed this last, plain evidence of my friend’s aberration of mind, I could scarcely refrain from tears.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Gold-Bug
  • Unable to realize the gravity of her conduct, she seemed at last content; and he looked at her as she lay upon his shoulder, weeping with happiness, and wondered what obscure strain in the d’Urberville blood had led to this aberration—if it were an aberration.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • The early Outback skirmishes such as Bent’s World and GHC 2990 were considered aberrations, of little interest to the Hegemony.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Later, when the truth was known, that the ’traitor’ had no treason in him but instead a mental aberration called amnesia, Conklin fell apart.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • The effect of these two inventions upon human society could only be described as devastating, and they had swept away the last remnants of the Puritan aberration.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
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