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English definition of “exception”

exception

noun [C or U]     /ɪkˈsep.ʃən/
B2 someone or something that is not included in a rule , group , or list or that does not behave in the expected way: Men are usually quite good at map-reading but Tim is the exception. There are exceptions to every rule . I like all kinds of movies with the exception of (= but not) horror movies . Her books are always entertaining and this one is no exception. You must report here every Tuesday without exception.Different and differenceExceptional qualities, things and people make an exception C1 to not treat someone or something according to the usual rules : We don't usually accept late applications , but in this case we will make an exception.Excluding take exception to sth/sb C2 to be offended or made angry by something or someone: Why did you take exception to what he said? He was only joking .Making people sad, shocked and upset
(Definition of exception noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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