Anomaly and Exception


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Anomaly noun – Something that is different from what is ordinary or expected.
Usage example: her C grade is an anomaly, as she's never made anything except A's and B's before

Exception is a synonym for anomaly in usual topic. In some cases you can use "Exception" instead a noun "Anomaly", when it comes to topics like oddity, exclusion, irregularity. popular alternative
Nearby Words: anomalous, anomalistic, anomalously
Synonyms for Anomaly


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Exception noun – Something that is different from what is ordinary or expected.
Usage example: her tardiness today is an exception; usually she's on time

Anomaly is a synonym for exception in difference topic. You can use "Anomaly" instead a noun "Exception", if it concerns topics such as exclusion, irregularity, special case. popular alternative
Nearby Words: exceptional, exceptionally, exceptionable, exceptionality, exceptive
Synonyms for Exception

How words are described

rare rare anomaly rare exception
particular particular anomaly particular exception
brief brief anomaly brief exception
singular singular anomaly singular exception
Other adjectives: single, definite, real, massive, huge, major, possible, minor, odd, weird, strange, historical, largest.

Both words in one sentence

  • Video Game / Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance The fact that Sam is largely an exception save for his clearly prosthetic limb marks him as an anomaly amongst their ranks.
  • Series / Primeval A notable exception is in season 4 episode 3, where a creature is shown stalking Matt in the Cretaceous after he goes into an anomaly, while repeatedly cutting to the present where it shows Connor and Abby arguing with Becker over whether they should open it to let him out.
  • All the aliens call her "(the Human) Anomaly" (even the friendly ones!) The only exception is Ansaksie in a pacifistic run, right before Iji confronts Tor.
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