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Definition of "aberration" []

  • A deviation from the proper or expected course. See Synonyms at deviation. (noun)
  • A departure from the normal or typical: events that were aberrations from the norm. (noun)
  • Psychology A disorder or abnormal alteration in one's mental state. (noun)
  • A defect of focus, such as blurring in an image. (noun)
  • An imperfect image caused by a physical defect in an optical element, as in a lens. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "aberration" in a sentence
  • ""I suspect it's month by month," Greenspan said of continued economic growth, adding that "a statistical aberration is possible.""
  • ""We really believe our customer and our brand should stay the course," Chief Operating Officer Roger Farah said, calling the volatility a "short-term aberration.""
  • "And we are most likely to gawk if that aberration is human."