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anomaly

noun [C or U] uk   /əˈnɒm.ə.li/ us    /-ˈnɑː.mə-/ formal
a person or thing that is different from what is usual, or not in agreement with something else and therefore not satisfactory: Statistical anomalies can make it difficult to compare economic data from one year to the next. The anomaly of the social security system is that you sometimes have more money without a job.
anomalous
adjective uk   /-ləs/ us  
In a multicultural society is it not anomalous to have a blasphemy law that only protects one religious faith?
anomalously
adverb uk   /-ləs.li/ us  
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