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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Taylor Lorenz considers the strangeness of a single permanent chat thread: These threads are just as often unnerving. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A looming strike over Project Dragonfly is putting new pressure on Google," 30 Nov. 2018 Something about her silent defiance stirs Montag, who’s also struck by the strangeness of seeing books for the first time—their physicality and their presence. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Fahrenheit 451 Tackles the Evils of Social Media," 19 May 2018 Readers who were able to find the Gaia remarked on its strangeness. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "From Campania’s Volcanic Soils, Whites in Multiple Colors," 31 May 2018 Steltzner is one of a couple engineers at JPL who have become semi-public figures on account of their defiant strangeness. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Jet Propulsion Laboratory: NASA's Crazy, Kooky, Legendary Research Facility," 3 Nov. 2016 In Season 3, Jesse brings his ex-girlfriend and an Irish vampire to the Louisiana plantation where he was raised, where more strangeness awaits. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Parts Unknown’ and the BET Awards," 24 June 2018 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

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14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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