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anomaly

a·nom·a·ly

anomaly

 
 
pronunciation:
na m li
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: noun
inflections: anomalies
definition 1: an act or instance of differing from the usual pattern, form, or type; peculiarity; abnormality.
The fact that our family did not own a car was an anomaly in the context of the neighborhood we lived in.
synonyms:
aberration, abnormality, deviation, freak, oddity, peculiarity
similar words:
incongruity, inconsistency, irregular, irregularity, nonconformity, quirk, variance
definition 2: something that differs in this way.
synonyms:
abnormality, freak, irregularity, oddity, peculiarity
similar words:
curiosity, discrepancy, exception, incongruity, inconsistency, irregular, oddball
Word Parts
The word anomaly contains the following parts:
a-1, an-1 Greek prefix that means not, without
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Words prefixed with a-1, an-1 are nouns and adjectives. Some are loanwords from Greek (amorphous , atrophy ). Others are English formations, which may attach the prefix to English words of Latin origin (asocial , amoral ) or Greek origin (apolitical). The form a-1 is used before bases beginning with a consonant, while an-1 is used before bases beginning with a vowel.