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An ‘anomaly’ is something or somebody unusual compared to similar things around them. The word can be used in both a positive and negative context. For example, an anomaly can signify a problem that needs resolving, or be pleasantly different to what you have come to expect. Most commonly used in a professional setting.
The computer detected an anomaly, and further investigation showed the cause to be a virus.
I was going through the accounts this morning and noticed something anomalous in the figures. Can you explain it?
I’ve never met anyone like Frank in this line of work. He’s a total anomaly.