• WordNet 3.6
    • adj exceptional surpassing what is common or usual or expected "he paid especial attention to her","exceptional kindness","a matter of particular and unusual importance","a special occasion","a special reason to confide in her","what's so special about the year 2000?"
    • adj exceptional deviating widely from a norm of physical or mental ability; used especially of children below normal in intelligence "special educational provisions for exceptional children"
    • adj exceptional far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree "a night of exceeding darkness","an exceptional memory","olympian efforts to save the city from bankruptcy","the young Mozart's prodigious talents"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Female and male black bears cannot tolerate being around each other except when they breed
    • a Exceptional Forming an exception; not ordinary; uncommon; rare; hence, better than the average; superior. "This particular spot had exceptional advantages."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are songs in all of Shakespeare's plays except The Comedy of Errors.
    • exceptional Relating to or forming an exception; contrary to the rule; out of the regular or ordinary course.
    • exceptional Synonyms Irregular, unusual, uncommou, unnatural, peculiar, anomalous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Windmills always turn counter-clockwise. Except for the windmills in Ireland.
    • adj Exceptional peculiar
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  • Mark Twain
    “I find that principles have no real force except when one is well fed.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Yes; the public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.”
  • Brendan F. Behan
    Brendan F. Behan
    “There is no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary.”
  • Brendan F. Behan
    Brendan F. Behan
    “All publicity is good, except an obituary notice.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. He is the man who has lost everything except his reason.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “Well, now there's a remedy for everything except death.”


Exception that proves the rule - This expression is used by many to indicate that an exception in some way confirms a rule. Others say that the exception tests the rule. In its original legal sense, it meant that a rule could sometimes be inferred from an exemption or exception. In general use, the first meaning predominates nowadays, much to the annoyance of some pedants.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. exceptionnel,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. excipĕre, exceptumex, out, capĕre, to take.


In literature:

Tappan spoke in a tone of facetious rage, and the others laughed, all except the barber.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Sprinkling will not do except at sundown.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
She had no definite plans, except that.
"The Danger Mark" by Robert W. Chambers
Some of these are yet perfect; others have wholly crumbled away except the rear wall.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
There are exceptions, but such orgies are frequent.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
The Negro has not been, and will not be, excepted in this regard.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
No profession knows them except the army.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
No human bones were uncovered in this work, except as noted below.
"Archeological Investigations" by Gerard Fowke
Eating was certainly not excepted.
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Everything, except beef, mutton, and bread, is already at a fancy price.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère

In poetry:

Who then, uncalled by Thee,
Dare touch Thy spouse, Thy very self below?
Or who dare count him summoned worthily,
Except Thine hand and seal he show?
"St. Matthias' Day" by John Keble
No sign is left of all the town
    Except a few forgotten graves;
But to and fro the white sails go
    Slowly across the glittering waves;
"On Star Island" by Sarah Orne Jewett
Like sov'reign monarchs, they appear,
For all their crowns, like monarchs, wear,
And all, without exception, reign
With Jesus Christ, a glorious train!
"Concerning The New Jerusalem" by Rees Prichard
None e'er shall to th' Almighty's sight
Approach, except the sons of light —
None, but the chosen and the good,
Whom Christ redeem'd with his own blood.
"Concerning The New Jerusalem" by Rees Prichard
A balm I ask? For shame!
How dare I breathe the name!
What balm is there for care,
Except one heartfelt prayer
To Osiris full of love,
Who weeps for me above?
"Charmion's Lament" by Eloise Alberta Bibb
"Who is forgot?" We stared from face to face;
But answering through the dark, she said
(It was a woman): "Eh, ye need not fret;
None is forgot except the dead.
"Stronger Than Death" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward

In news:

To the list of things that everyone knows is true … except for they're not, add this one: President Obama's been a big, huge, spender.
With the start of the new year, commodity resin prices, except for PVC, appear to have bottomed out.
No sign except the one that said they open at 11 and it was 1145.
My mother's was no exception.
Nothing in the world is certain except death and taxes, Benjamin Franklin suggested more than 220 years ago.
Most other energy contracts, with the exception of wholesale gasoline, also fell.
Come to think of it, youngsters do too (except maybe for the liver and onions) MIKE SEELY 8230 35th Ave N.E.
The soda market has been losing ground to sports drinks and vitamin waters in recent years with one exception: diet sodas.
0 The soda market has been losing ground to sports drinks and vitamin waters in recent years with one exception: diet sodas.
Four years ago, South Dakota passed a bill requiring all new government buildings and major renovations to be LEED-certified, with some exceptions.
The host of the Comedy Central show takes exception with the coverage that the cable network authored on Mitt Romney's "secret tapes.".
Sunday Shampoo, I had to make an exception.
Everyone knows that the biggest business deal s are cut on the golf course, and last week's Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic was no exception as 144 golfers teed it up at beautiful Steubenville Country Club.
Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli obviously is no exception, getting busted like this.
Except, it seems, for butterscotch.

In science:

We show that the only sporadic simple group such that some faithful representation of some of its stem extensions gives rise to exceptional (weakly-exceptional but not exceptional, respectively) quotient singularities is the Hall–Janko group (the Suzuki group, respectively).
Sporadic simple groups and quotient singularities
He called them exceptional and weakly-exceptional, respectively.
Sporadic simple groups and quotient singularities
It turned out that exceptional and weakly-exceptional singularities are related to the Calabi problem for orbifolds with positive first Chern class (see ).
Sporadic simple groups and quotient singularities
It seems that the study of exceptionality and weak-exceptionality of quotient singularities may shed new light on some group-theoretic problems.
Sporadic simple groups and quotient singularities
The singularity U /G is weakly-exceptional but not exceptional if and only if G ∼= 6.
Sporadic simple groups and quotient singularities