1) ABERRATION: The media narrative requires that there be one aberration, one monster.
1. Deviation from what is normal, expected, or usual: Not showing up for the interview was a huge aberration for him.
2. Departure from truth, morality, etc.
3. A lapse in control of one’s mental faculties
4. (Physics / General Physics) Optics a defect in a lens or mirror that causes the formation of either a distorted image (see spherical aberration) or one with coloured fringes (see chromatic aberration)
5. (Astronomy) Astronomy the apparent displacement of a celestial body due to the finite speed of light and the motion of the observer with the earth
2) FABLED: American history is told through the stories of fabled individuals who make their individual marks; context destroys the illusion.
2. Existing only in fables; fictitious.
3) INEXPLICABLE: We wait, until the next “inexplicable” mass tragedy.
4) POIGNANT: The timing of Mayer’s elevation is especially poignant given the spirited feminist debate currently raging in the US,
a. Profoundly moving; touching: a poignant memory.
b. Physically painful: “Keen, poignant agonies seemed to shoot from his neck downward”
c. Keenly distressing to the mind or feelings: poignant anxiety.
2. Piercing; incisive: poignant criticism.
a. Neat, skillful, and to the point: poignant illustrations supplementing the text.
b. Astute and pertinent; relevant:
4) EXTOLLING: Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg, who over the past two years has been extolling women to stick to their career paths and not “give up” for personal reasons.
Praise, glorify, or honor; “extol the virtues of one’s children”; “glorify one’s spouse’s cooking”