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Abnormality   /ˌæbnɔrmˈæləti/   Listen

(pl. abnormalities)
An abnormal physical condition resulting from defective genes or developmental deficiencies.  Synonym: abnormalcy.
Retardation sufficient to fall outside the normal range of intelligence.  Synonym: mental defectiveness.
Marked strangeness as a consequence of being abnormal.  Synonym: freakishness.
Behavior that breaches the rule or etiquette or custom or morality.  Synonym: irregularity.

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"Abnormality" Quotes from Famous Books

... Shakespeare, and especially every remark of Hamlet. What I mean by believing the mirror, and breaking it, can be recorded in one case I remember; in which a realistic critic quoted German authorities to prove that Hamlet had a particular psycho-pathological abnormality, which is admittedly nowhere mentioned in the play. The critic was bewitched; he was thinking of Hamlet as a real man, with a background behind him three dimensions deep—which does not exist in a looking-glass. "The best in this ...
— The Crimes of England • G.K. Chesterton

... with the history of science, that the greatest scientific geniuses have been men of profound quietness of life and normal social development. It is to the literary and artistic genius that the seeker after abnormality has to turn; and in this field, again, the facts serve to show ...
— The Story of the Mind • James Mark Baldwin

... sensations both physical and psychical are rapid. It is the unknown that is terrible to us all, and to the child the changes in its body, the changes in its soul and spirit, which we pass by as commonplace, are full of suggestions of abnormality, of disaster, and of death. Young people suffer much from the want of comprehension and intelligent sympathy of their elders, much also from their own ignorance and too fervid imagination. The instability of the bodily tissues ...
— Youth and Sex • Mary Scharlieb and F. Arthur Sibly

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