strange·​ness | \ ˈstrānj-nəs How to pronounce strangeness (audio) \

Definition of strangeness

1 : the quality or state of being strange
2 : the flavor characterizing a strange quark

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Words can’t do justice to its strangeness, so here is a video. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kevin Hart, the "Popular" Film & Cancelled Categories: A Complete Timeline of the 2019 Oscar Drama," 21 Feb. 2019 Aside from the frustration of being murdered on the regular, there’s also some other strangeness that comes from the game’s online nature. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Red Dead Online’s early hours are full of violence, beauty, and annoying griefers," 27 Nov. 2018 Whatever the method, don't expect the results to be instant or free of strangeness. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "How to Delete All Your Tweets," 2 Aug. 2018 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

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14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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