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Antonym: normal


  • Deviating from the proper or expected course.
  • Deviating from what is normal; untrue to type. --American Heritage Dictionary


    Insanity; lunacy; madness; derangement; alienation; mania; dementia; hallucination; illusion; delusion. See Insanity. --http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/aberration [Mar 2006]


    Aberration (Latin ab, from or away + errare, to wander), a deviation or wandering, especially used in the figurative sense as:

      1. In ethics, a deviation from the truth.
      2. In pathology, a mental derangement.
      3. In zoology and botany, abnormal development or structure.
    --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aberration [Sept 2004]


    aberration. (lat. the action or condition of erring on the wrong side) Originally a term used in medieval theology to describe heresy, i.e. "false religious belief". Later applied by doctors to "false sexual behavior". However, since objective criteria do not exist in the realm of human behavior, the term is simply a value judgement and as such unscientific (see also "deviation" and "perversion") --Glossary of Inappropriate Scientific and Professional Terms --http://www2.hu-berlin.de/sexology/GESUND/ARCHIV/GLOSS.HTM [Aug 2004]

    Sexual Aberrations (1923) - Wilhelm Stekel [...]

      Sexual Aberrations (1923) - Wilheim Stekel [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
      The term paraphilia was coined by Viennese psychotherapist Wilhelm Stekel (in his book Sexual Aberrations) in 1925, from the Greek para- (beside) + philos (loving), and first used in English in Stekel's translated works. It was not in widespread use until the 1950s, and was first used in the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" (DSM) in 1980. It was used by Sigmund Freud, as well as by the sexologist John Money. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paraphilia [Sept 2004]


    1. A Clockwork Orange (1962) - Anthony Burgess [Amazon US]
      Novel by Anthony Burgess, published in 1962. Set in a dismal dystopia, it is the first-person account of a juvenile delinquent who undergoes state-sponsored psychological rehabilitation for his aberrant behavior. The novel satirizes extreme political systems that are based on opposing models of the perfectibility or incorrigibility of humanity. Written in a futuristic slang vocabulary invented by Burgess, in part by adaptation of Russian words, it was his most original and best-known work. Alex, the protagonist, has a passion for classical music and is a member of a vicious teenage gang that commits random acts of brutality. Captured and imprisoned, he is transformed through behavioral conditioning into a model citizen, but his taming also leaves him defenseless. He ultimately reverts to his former behavior. The final chapter of the original British edition, in which Alex renounces his amoral past, was removed when the novel was first published in the United States. --The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

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