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Definition a state or condition that isn't normal
  • 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
  • Anyone might have known that his flight was only homesickness and a momentary aberration.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • aberration = condition that isn't normal
  • We haven't had an Aberration for three years.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • aberration = a state or condition that isn't normal
  • We had two weeks of the coldest weather since 1885, Atticus said. 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
  • aberrations = things that are not normal
  • I thought it was an aberration of my senses, a mad dream.
    Leroux, Gaston  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • When I observed this last, plain evidence of my friend's aberration of mind, I could scarcely refrain from tears.
    Poe, Edgar Allan  --  The Gold Bug
  • No explanation save mental aberration can cover the facts.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Return of Sherlock Holmes
  • It has gradually augmented, until it assumes the appearance of aberration of intellect.
    Dickens, Charles  --  David Copperfield
  • And mind you don't take this little aberration of Windermere's too much to heart.
    Wilde, Oscar  --  Lady Windermere's Fan
  • Butteridge—"a white-livered skunk," and this zoological aberration did in some legal and vexatious manner mar her social happines.
    Wells, H.G.  --  The War in the Air
  • Providence itself has led the wretch in a moment of mental aberration to seek Mr.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Under Western Eyes
  • At length, in a case of aberration such as this, comment presented itself as more expedient than any answer.
    Eliot, George  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Concussion of the brain, superinducing total mental aberration.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  Tarzan of the Apes
  • I never noticed any alienation of mind—any aberration of intellect in the late Mr.
    Eliot, George  --  Middlemarch
  • That was only a slight aberration of his; he knew better all the time.
    Alcott, Louisa May  --  An Old-Fashioned Girl
  • After careful examination of the unfortunate creature, he thinks that there are unmistakably symptoms of mental aberration.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  The New Magdalen
  • "I trust," he said, "that I may be forgiven my temporary fit of aberration."
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Yellow Crayon
  • She realized that, yet was unable to understand how it could be possible, unless shock or death or mental aberration ended the fight.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • 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

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