- normality, normalcyIn BrE normality is the usual word, and normalcy is regarded with disfavour although both words date from about the same time (mid-19c):
• The morning passed slowly, uneventfully, and with a beguiling normality —Anita Brookner, 1989.In AmE and in some other varieties, both words are used with about equal frequency:
• …partly in order to tidy up, tidy the room and return it to normalcy —Anita Desai, IndE 1988.
Modern English usage. 2014.
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normalcy — or mal*cy, n. The quality, state, or fact of being normal; the normal situation or condition; as, the point of normalcy. [R.] Syn: normality. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
normalcy — index competence (sanity), sanity Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
normalcy — (n.) 1857, mathematical condition of being at right angles, from NORMAL (Cf. normal) + CY (Cf. cy). Associated since c.1920 with U.S. president Warren G. Harding and derided as an example of his incompetent speaking style. Previously used mostly… … Etymology dictionary
Normalcy — Harding called for a return to normalcy. A return to normalcy (i.e. a return to the way of life before World War I) was United States presidential candidate Warren G. Harding’s campaign promise in the election of 1920. Although detractors… … Wikipedia
normalcy — [[t]nɔ͟ː(r)m(ə)lsi[/t]] N UNCOUNT Normalcy is a situation in which everything is normal. He said that the government was committed to restore normalcy and hold elections in the Punjab... Underneath this image of normalcy, addiction threatened to… … English dictionary
normalcy — /nawr meuhl see/, n. the quality or condition of being normal, as the general economic, political, and social conditions of a nation; normality: After months of living in a state of tension, all yearned for a return to normalcy. [1855 60; NORMAL… … Universalium
normalcy — noun The state of being normal; the fact of being normal; normality. Designers can create normalcy out of chaos; they can clearly communicate ideas through the organizing and manipulating of words and pictures. Syn: normality Ant: abnormalcy … Wiktionary
normalcy — See normalcy, normality … Dictionary of problem words and expressions
Normalcy — nickname for Warren G Harding who advocated “a return to normalcy” … Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games
normalcy — is widely and perhaps even a little reflexively condemned in Britain as an inelegant Americanism. Its coinage is often attributed to President Warren G. Harding, who did indeed promise voters a return to normalcy as part of one of his campaign … Dictionary of troublesome word