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irregularity

[ih-reg-yuh-lar-i-tee] /ɪˌrɛg yəˈlær ɪ ti/
noun, plural irregularities for 2, 3.
1.
the quality or state of being irregular.
2.
something irregular.
3.
a breach of rules, customs, etiquette, morality, etc.
4.
occasional mild constipation.
Origin of irregularity
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English irregularite < Old French < Medieval Latin irrēgulāritās. See ir-2, regularity
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  • Nor was this the only irregularity for which the authorities of Pendennis were complained of.

    Cornish Worthies, Volume 2 (of 2) Walter H. Tregellas
  • The irregularity of the proceeding was unnoticed in the tense excitement.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • No self-reproach recurs more often in her private outpourings at this time than that of irregularity and even sloth.

  • The use of either instrument, when unaccompanied, leads to every sort of irregularity and trickery.

    Laws Plato
  • This shows that an irregularity in the time intervals may be greater in the earlier than in the later part of the verse.

  • There should be no plundering, no irregularity, no disregard of general orders.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • It is the irregularity which has shown always in the best periods.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
  • The irregularity of the meeting must be assigned to the enactment against which it offended.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • Yet it often happens that there is no irregularity at the surface to betray the existence of a dislocation.

    Geology James Geikie
British Dictionary definitions for irregularity

irregularity

/ɪˌrɛɡjʊˈlærɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the state or quality of being irregular
2.
something irregular, such as a bump in a smooth surface
3.
a breach of a convention or normal procedure
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Word Origin and History for irregularity
n.

early 14c., "violation of Church rules," from Old French irregularité (14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin irregularitas, from irregularis (see irregular). Meaning "state of being not regular" is from 1590s.

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