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aberrant

ab·er·rant

aberrant

 
 
pronunciation:
ber nt [or] ae br nt
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: straying from what is normal or usual; atypical; anomalous.
Such high scores for this test are certainly aberrant.
antonyms:
normal, typical
similar words:
abnormal, anomalous, erratic, irregular, unnatural
definition 2: turning aside from what is natural, right, or true; perverse.
Some of his co-workers said he was displaying aberrant behavior.
antonyms:
true
similar words:
deviate, perverse, perverted
Word Parts
The word aberrant contains the following parts:
ab-, abs- Latin prefix that means from, away from
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Most words containing the prefix ab- , abs- are Latin loanwords, so the bases are Latin roots. ab- becomes abs- before bases beginning with "t," such as "tract."
err Latin root that means error, wander
-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means In nouns: one who or that which does the action denoted by the base verb.
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The suffix -ant , -ent forms adjectives and, to a much lesser extent, nouns from Latin verb stems such as fid in confident and stud in student . This suffix is the equivalent in Latin of the "-ing" inflection in English. Many adjectives ending in -ant , -ent have a corresponding noun ending in -ance, -ence, -ancy, -ency.