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exception

Line breaks: ex|cep¦tion
Pronunciation: /ɪkˈsɛpʃ(ə)n
 
, ɛk-/

Definition of exception in English:

noun

A person or thing that is excluded from a general statement or does not follow a rule: he always plays top tunes, and tonight was no exception the administrator made an exception in the Colonel’s case and waived the normal visiting hours
More example sentences
  • There are a number of well-established exceptions to the general rule and their list is not closed.
  • I have a friend and neighbour called Peter Thomson who is an exception to the general rule.
  • An exception to this general rule is formed by a cheque which bears on its front the letter R.
Synonyms
anomaly, irregularity, deviation, special case, departure, inconsistency, quirk, peculiarity, abnormality, oddity;
misfit
informal freak

Origin

late Middle English: via Old French from Latin exceptio(n-), from excipere 'take out' (see except).

Phrases

the exception proves the rule

1
proverb The fact that some cases do not follow a rule proves that the rule applies in all other cases.
Example sentences
  • That is the one part where the exception proves the rule.
  • Regarding the previous posting about the Washington Post OpEd, one could counter with ‘the exception proves the rule’ - wrong.
  • Those who did not, such as Desmond Tutu, were the exceptions that proved the rule.

take exception to

2
Object strongly to: many viewers took great exception to the programme’s content
More example sentences
  • While we're no exception, we do take exception to those who think this is the beginning of the end of business on the Internet as we know it.
  • The Attorney-General Philip Ruddock took exception to that, and took the rare step of publicly criticising the Police Commissioner.
  • He hit her repeatedly on the head with a hammer after she made a throwaway remark he took exception to in a Halifax pub where she had been relaxing with friends.
Synonyms
object, raise an objection, express objections;
be offended by, take offence at, take umbrage at, resent, demur at, disagree with, cavil at, argue against, protest against, lodge a protest against, take a stand against, oppose, complain about
informal kick up a fuss about, kick up a stink about, beef about, gripe about

with the exception of

3
Except; not including: all water sports, with the exception of scuba diving, are complimentary
More example sentences
  • The first half was utterly forgettable with the exception of just a few saving graces.
  • Same thing happens over here as well with the exception of only a love relationship.
  • If someone asks me how to spell a word, with the exception of just a few, I get it right.
Synonyms

without exception

4
With no one or nothing excluded: almost without exception, all the residents are opposed to this vandalism
More example sentences
  • All of what he says about Derrida's thought is, without exception, false.
  • Everyone is exceptionally polite, and everyone seems to speak English, without exception very good English.
  • If one whole side on any issue chooses almost without exception to remain silent then the discussion simply doesn't take place.

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