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We consider the accident an anomaly — not a reason to change standard procedures.
  falling outside of what is normally expected
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anomalies anomaly anomalistic
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  • We consider the accident an anomaly — not a reason to change standard procedures.
  • They rate a nuclear event from 1 (an anomaly) to 7 (a major accident).
  • They suspect foul play, but can only point to a network traffic anomaly.
  • They told Mom and Dad I had a cleft palate and some other stuff going on. They called it "small anomalies."
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder

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  • He’s such a good man, at his core, that I am willing to write it off, to believe it truly was a sick anomaly, brought on by the strain we’re both under.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • And yet he could not fix what he came to call the III Anomaly.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • He is an anomaly, a flaw in the system that can’t be tolerated."
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Everything and everyone else she’d experienced at the Circle hewed to a logical model, a rhythm, but Kalden was the anomaly.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Death sentences resulting from "judge override" were an anomaly, even back in 1989.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • But I soon realized I was an anomaly—there were no girlfriends like me; everyone else in the club was single, or involved with someone equally physically impressive.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You

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  • As for Hoss, he seems to be something of an anomaly, inasmuch as his pre-Auschwitz career straddled agriculture and the military.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Among these sunglassed, fashionable people my brother is an anomaly.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • A beautiful little anomaly absolutely unique.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • "Before the simulation attack, part of the Abnegation aid effort involved testing the factionless for a certain genetic anomaly," she says.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • And no other anomalies.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Mitigation explains one of the great anomalies of plane crashes.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Too often, isolated manifestations of anomaly can be mistaken for a broad popular movement, and one should be careful not to ascribe to them a significance they do not deserve.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • She presents the curious anomaly of the most solid masonry joining with oak and hemp in constituting the completed ship.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • You will be shocked to learn what anomalies Da Vinci included here that most scholars either do not see or simply choose to ignore.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • " ’Basiliscus amoratus with three-toed genetic anomaly,’ " she said, reading.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • I was thinking a lot about how they’d made this place exist even though it should’ve been underwater, and how I was for Dr. Maria a kind of Amsterdam, a half-drowned anomaly, and that made me think about dying.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • So I was beginning my new life as an anomaly, which figured about as much as it sucked.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • Some anomalies may be due not to Homer but to the fic- 9.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Butler lay unconscious, possibly paralysed by the same gaseous anomaly.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • An electrocardiogram turned up an anomaly.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • And yet the square was now attracting a trickle of visitors who seemed to find the anomaly most intriguing.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Of course it would be wasteful to have water running to this secluded place; the souls managed details like that better than to leave such an anomaly behind.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Those years were just an anomaly, historically speaking, the Commander said.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Hutchison, Taske, and Mackenzie had indicated a potentially serious anomaly in his heartbeat.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • "It’s an odd anomaly in this bizarre element!" as one witty naturalist puts it.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Because this seven-by-twenty-mile tract is surrounded on three sides by the protected acreage of the national park, it harbors more than its share of wolf, bear, caribou, moose, and other game, a local secret that’s jealously guarded by those hunters and trappers who are aware of the anomaly.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • In retrospect all those anomalies make perfect sense.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • As to his dealing in the mild article of milk, by the by, there never was a greater anomaly.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • A faint anomaly in the room’s air currents told him there was a secret exit to their right behind the filing cabinets.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Before she saw them Edna could hear them in altercation, the woman—plainly an anomaly—claiming the right to be allowed to perform her duties, one of which was to answer the bell.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • But such an outburst is an anomaly.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • It’s not generally in the way of parables, which Carol is, to treat anomalies.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Clary, the Inquisitor was an anomaly.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • It was, however, the only book immediately at hand; and I indulged a vague hope that the excitement which now agitated the hypochondriac, might find relief (for the history of mental disorder is full of similar anomalies) even in the extremeness of the folly which I should read.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • Every eye on board and on shore was turned towards us, every glass was produced and fixed upon our motions; for of all the strange sights which the gallant crew may have looked for, such an anomaly as a pleasure yacht, manned by such a party as ours, and cruising upon this strange and inhospitable shore, was the furthest from their thoughts.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • He saw none of the anomaly of his position.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Within sixty days that quaint and bizarre anomaly, the Royal Grant, would cease to be a living fact, and take its place among the curiosities of the past.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Even to-day the masses of the Negroes see all too clearly the anomalies of their position and the moral crookedness of yours.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • She had been made to break an accepted social law, but no law known to the environment in which she fancied herself such an anomaly.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • To one not inclined to drink, and gifted with a more serious turn of mind, such a bubbling, chattering, glittering chamber must ever seem an anomaly, a strange commentary on nature and life.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Besides, since it had been originally designed to look for seismic events, Jones suspected it of a tendency to interpret anomalies as seismic events.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Dowell was no anomaly, and everyone on the backstretch knew it.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • The restrictions amuse her; she sees them as a single afternoon’s challenge, an anomaly never to be repeated.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • It is rather harder for a clergyman: Farebrother seems to be an anomaly.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Also, I just ran across an anomaly advisory yesterday that said that cybrids were disappearing.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
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