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phenomenon (noun) fact or event not fully understood; an extraordinary event.

A phenomenon is a subject or an event that people study because they do not understand it fully. An earthquake is a phenomenon because it occurs rather rarely, and in spite of our research, we are not able to understand it fully. The comet is a phenomenon because it is unusual and we cannot understand it totally. A social phenomenon is a fact or an event connected with a society and is not understood properly. We talk about the phenomenon of terrorism as terrorism is relatively recent, and needs some study. A couple living together without getting married is a phenomenon of the present century. An extraordinary happening is also a phenomenon. A rare success is a phenomenon. An extraordinary person is also a phenomenon.

  • Unwed mothers are a recent phenomenon in the European countries and more in the United States. Though in the beginning it was considered unusual and unacceptable, it has become common now.
  • The phenomenon of racism is yet to end totally. Perhaps it will never end, and will continue in unnoticeable ways.
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