Anomaly describes an abnormality; an oddity.
Since my son has a history of failing classes, his good grades are a welcome anomaly.
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Dogmatic means opinionated; to strongly state unsupported opinions or beliefs as if they were absolute facts.
My teacher was dogmatic in her grading practices and would not even consider altering my grade!
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Askew means crooked; tilted to one side.
I’ve tried straightening out the poster three times, but it still looks askew.
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Mar means to damage, ruin or spoil.
The author’s last book is so poorly written it will probably mar his legacy.
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Wizened means shriveled; wrinkly from sickness or old age.
Jane was not surprised when her appearance became wizened in her early fifties.
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Fatuous means stupid; lacking intelligence.
It was a fatuous choice to carry so many glass cups at once.
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Coterie describes a group of individuals who hang out together for a certain reason.
With his latest novel, James hopes to reach a whole new coterie of readers.
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Perspicacity means good judgment; the ability to notice and understand things that are not obvious.
In order to be an effective editor, one must have a strong sense of perspicacity to catch mistakes that others miss.
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Miscreant means criminal; an individual who has misbehaved.
For the computer savvy miscreant, it is a great age in which to be a hacker.
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Intrepid means very brave.
Unlike her sister Mary, Sally was intrepid and had no problem going into the haunted house.
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