- One whose behavior departs substantially from the norm of a group
- A state or condition markedly different from the norm
Synonyms: aberrance, aberrancy, deviance, deviancy, aberrant
- A disorder in one’s mental state
- An optical phenomenon resulting from the failure of a lens or mirror to produce a good image
Synonyms: distortion, optical aberration
Derived forms: aberrations
Quotations: Robert Rigney – That’s what we’re hearing that donors are up. People understand that this scandal is an aberration.
Albert Camus – In our wildest aberrations we dream of equilibrium we have left behind and which we naively expect to find at the end of our errors. Childish presumption which justifies the fact that child-nations, inheriting our follies, are now directing our history.
Charles Darwin – To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree.
Jason Taylor – That’s not the team that they are. We are rivals. We do have a bad history against each other, but that’s a team that I have always respected and they play well. Herm knows what he is doing up there. What they did Sunday was an aberration. It won’t happen again.
Larry Bieber – I told them we were never going to play like that again, as long as I’m the head coach. That was such an aberration.
- Curry was quick to caution anyone who thinks his off night was anything but an aberration.
- When a fast growing company experiences a slow-down in one quarter, it could be an aberration.
- At the current stage of this economic recovery, slow job growth may no longer be an aberration.
- The Baltimore Ravens figured their miserable 2015 season was merely an aberration.
- This is positive. The tax structure that exists today in Brazil, even for local investors, is an aberration.
- If you take out the fleet aberration, the sales were closer to what everyone expected.
- We are not troubled when something is good; only when it is bad. This is because goodness is natural. In our evil aberration, we are worried and alarmed when we slide into wrong or pain or sorrow. This is because Nature plans us to be right, to be happy and ever in a state of joy.
- Stated in terms of modern science, but correcting its aberrations, the doctrine of Christ is in this wise.
- I still believe it was an aberration. But when all is said and done I think change is not going to be anything that’s all bad, either.
- IBM’s weakness was more of an aberration than a growing trend. It’s more likely we’ll see IBM get back on track this quarter.
- In their world, aberrations were as much a part of nature as grace.
- Since the fantasy, which Was the beginning of it all, you have been undergoing a period of crisis which is culminating in overt sexual aberration.
- Moreover, in some cases the same aberrations were produced by heat as by cold.
- There are various shades of reason; and there may be a slight aberration in his mind from the common course of ordinary thought.
- Sorcery, indeed, had become the most threatening heresy of the time, and other spiritual aberrations were attracting little attention.
- Some of my war sketches have been aberrations.
- Both sisters were mentally deficient, and their aberrations increased with age to the point of total derangement.
- Atheism is an aberration which implies not only an intellectual blindness, but a moral insensibility.
- He had nothing about him, except his plan, which denoted mental aberration.
- Not by a single word would I lessen the condemnation which such aberrations deserve.
- Whims, which at first are the aberrations of a single brain, pass with heat into epidemic form.
- There is the meeting point, the true focus of the orbit of human life that can alone control its movements and correct its wild aberrations.
- We have already remarked the same aberration of public taste in the far too materialistic imitations of the spectacle.
- The apparent places of all stars are affected in this manner, and this displacement is called the aberration of light.
- He regrets his former arrogance and blasphemy and ascribes the aberration to the insidious tempting of the demon.
- The names of its officers, as reported in its journal, were curiosities to the student of human aberration.
- Although an indulgence in this may terminate in mania, still there is something delightful in these fond aberrations.
- In whatever part of the sky we observe, every star is affected by aberration.
- This does not, of course, imply any condemnation of that vast number of cases in which suicide is committed in consequence of mental aberration.
- This singular aberration from our natural habits may be considered an intermediate state between sleeping and being awake.