exception ( exceptions plural )
1 n-count An exception is a particular thing, person, or situation that is not included in a general statement, judgment, or rule.
oft with the N of n, with N
Few guitarists can sing as well as they can play; Eddie, however, is an exception..., There were no floral offerings at the ceremony, with the exception of a single red rose..., The law makes no exceptions..., With few exceptions, guests are booked for week-long visits.
2 If you make a general statement, and then say that something or someone is no exception, you are emphasizing that they are included in that statement.
no exception phrase v-link PHR (emphasis)
Marketing is applied to everything these days, and books are no exception..., Most people have no real idea how to change to healthy food, and Maureen was no exception.
3 If you are making a general statement and you say that something is the exception that proves the rule, you mean that although it seems to contradict your statement, in most other cases your statement will be true.
the exception that proves the rule phrase exception and V inflect, usu v-link PHR
Wine-making and accountants don't usually go together, but Thierry Hasard is an exception that proves the rule.
4 If you take exception to something, you feel offended or annoyed by it, usually with the result that you complain about it.
take exception to something phrase V inflects
He also took exception to having been spied on...
5 You use with the exception of to introduce a thing or person that is not included in a general statement that you are making.
with the exception of prep-phrase
Yesterday was a day off for everybody, with the exception of Lawrence...
6 You use without exception to emphasize that the statement you are making is true in all cases.
without exception phrase PHR with cl/group, PHR after v (emphasis)
The vehicles are without exception old, rusty and dented...
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