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phenomenon
as in:  The phenomenon was observed...


It is a growing social phenomenon on high school campuses.
  something that exists — especially something that can be seen or sensed and is of special interest
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"Phenomenons" and "phenomena" are both appropriate plural forms of this noun. "Phenomena" should be used in scientific or philosophical contexts.  "Phenomenons" is only appropriate outside of those contexts.
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  • It is a growing social phenomenon on high school campuses.
  • The phenomenon was predicted by Einstein.
  • The phenomenon was first noticed by...
  • [T]here are, among other natural curiosities, two unusual formations of land. Twenty miles from the city a pair of enormous eggs, identical in contour and separated only by a courtesy bay.... They are not perfect ovals..., they are both crushed flat at the contact end.... [A] more arresting phenomenon is their dissimilarity in every particular except shape and size. I lived at West Egg, the — well, the less fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby

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  • The concept of unity, in which positive and negative are attributes of the same force, in which good and evil are relative, ever-changing, and always joined to the same phenomenon—such a concept is still reserved to the physical sciences and to the few who have grasped the history of ideas.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Some readers will find the story unreal and disturbing, but child abuse is a disturbing phenomenon that is a reality in our society.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • The phenomenon has most reliably been reported in times of crisis or in stress situations,
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • The dryness and dullness through which your patient is now going are not, as you fondly suppose, your workmanship; they are merely a natural phenomenon which will do us no good unless you make a good use of it.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • All down the ages there have been countless reports of strange phenomena-poltergeists, telepathy, precognition-which you had named but never explained.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • ...the luminous state of the atmosphere ... was a phenomenon upon the duration of which we could calculate with certainty.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
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Associated words [difficulty]:   phenomenon [2]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Philosophy, Engineering, Science, Human Behavior
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