strange·ness | \ˈstrānj-nəs \

Definition of strangeness 

1 : the quality or state of being strange

2 : the flavor characterizing a strange quark

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Some of the Sox players actually enjoyed the strangeness of playing in the snow. Paul Sullivan,, "White Sox players enjoy snow day despite ending," 6 Apr. 2018 The real, dark strangeness of Florida is very there, but it's highlighted in gold., "No, Lauren Groff Isn't Writing About Herself In Florida," 15 June 2018 But the Ways have a broader focus, considering the eternal clash between church and state, the tendency of power to corrupt, and the strangeness of a period in American history that saw such a proliferation of false prophets and corrupt evangelists. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Wild Wild Country: The Jaw-Dropping Story of the Cult Next Door," 17 Mar. 2018 An international co-production between Ukraine, Germany and Monaco, director Roman Bondarchuk's first dramatic feature is a mix of Kafka-esque road movie and contemporary western, rich in sumptuous visuals and lyrical strangeness. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Volcano': Film Review | Karlovy Vary 2018," 13 July 2018 Going with Rolls rather than Caddy is part of the movie’s stalwart strangeness. Mark Feeney,, "‘The King’ takes Elvis’s Rolls-Royce for a ride," 11 July 2018 But that strangeness is unpacked by the filmmaker Dawn Porter in Bobby Kennedy for President, which sells itself as a docuseries about Kennedy’s 1968 campaign but is really about his significance within politics. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "What If Robert F. Kennedy Had Become President?," 30 Apr. 2018 Why must normality encompass such horrible strangeness? Ashleigh Young, The Cut, "Ghost Knife," 2 July 2018 For me the joy of it is the strangeness of the way life can tip into farce and horror at the same moment. Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times, "For Hugh Grant, a Smaller Screen Brings a More Complex Role," 22 June 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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