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exception

noun
 
 
/ɪkˈsepʃən/
B2 [C, U] someone or something that is not included in a rule, group, or list: There are exceptions to every rule. I like all kinds of movies, with the exception of horror films. All our pupils, without exception, have access to the Internet. Her films are always popular and this one is no exception.Different and difference
make an exception to not treat someone or something according to the usual rules: They don't usually give refunds, but they said they'd make an exception in my case.Excluding
take exception to sth formal to be annoyed or insulted by somethingMaking people sad, shocked and upsetCausing feelings of anger and displeasure
Translations of “exception”
in Korean 예외…
in Arabic اسْتِثْناء…
in Portuguese exceção…
in Catalan excepció…
in Japanese 例外…
in Italian eccezione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 除外的人, 例外的事物…
in Russian исключение…
in Turkish istisna, hariç tutma…
in Chinese (Simplified) 除外的人, 例外的事物…
in Polish wyjątek…
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