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aberration
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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
  • 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
  • Anyone might have known that his flight was only homesickness and a momentary aberration.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • 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
  • 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
  • It has gradually augmented, until it assumes the appearance of aberration of intellect.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield

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