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[dih-flekt] /dɪˈflɛkt/
verb (used with or without object)
to bend or turn aside; turn from a true course or straight line; swerve.
Origin of deflect
1545-55; < Latin dēflectere to bend down, turn aside, equivalent to dē- de- + flectere to bend, turn
Related forms
deflectable, adjective
deflector, noun Unabridged
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  • Since the affair with Piper he had not, however, again offered to deflect a bat.

  • The novel like its style coloured, but did not deflect, the stream of English literature.

    John Lyly John Dover Wilson
  • That rebuke of Barber's seemed to deflect Cis's interest from the rooms to herself.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • A soft answer, if soft enough, will deflect the stroke of the sword of justice.

    Lady Bountiful George A. Birmingham
  • It would have taken more time than we had to deflect us enough to avoid a smash.

    Accidental Death Peter Baily
British Dictionary definitions for deflect


to turn or cause to turn aside from a course; swerve
Derived Forms
deflector, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dēflectere, from flectere to bend
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Word Origin and History for deflect

1550s, from Latin deflectere "to bend (something) aside or downward," from de- "away" (see de-) + flectere "to bend" (see flexible). Originally transitive, the intransitive sense is first recorded 1640s. Related: Deflected; deflecting.

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