Definition of aberration noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌæbəˈreɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌæbəˈreɪʃn//
[countable, uncountable] (formal)
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a fact, an action or a way of behaving that is not usual, and that may be unacceptable a temporary aberration of his exhausted mind A childless woman was regarded as an aberration, almost a social outcast. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Latin aberratio(n-), from aberrare ‘to stray’, from ab- ‘away, from’ + errare ‘to stray’.Extra examples Economists dismissed last month’s jump in inflation as an aberration. It was a temporary aberration of his exhausted mind. It was nothing more than a mental aberration on my part. They claimed he was a caring parent who had used violence in a moment of aberration.
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