- curved or bent downward.
Origin of deflected
- 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
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Examples from the Web for deflected
The five deflected questions about additional dates but hinted the show could tour to other markets.Monty Python—Not Dead Yet
November 21, 2013
Or the quarter inch Plexiglass might have deflected the bullets.Would It Have Saved JFK? Jim Lehrer on the Mystery of the Bubble Top
November 4, 2013
I kept asking why he, a somewhat nerdy numbers guy, was such a media star, but Norquist deflected the questions.Norquist Calls Congressman's Criticism a 'Cheap Stunt'
November 28, 2012
Used just “to soothe would-be emancipators while he deflected their petitions.”What Did Thomas Jefferson Really Think About Slavery?
Jan Ellen Lewis
October 17, 2012
On other arrows fired his way, I thought he deflected them pretty effectively.Michael Tomasky on Santorum’s Gay Question in the Jan. 8 Debate
January 8, 2012
Until then the stream had followed the street; but the debris that encumbered it deflected the course.The Flood
Flagg tipped the shade of the lamp and deflected the light upon the couple.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
A bullet crashed through the skylight, for my arm had deflected his.The Pirate of Panama
William MacLeod Raine
That great love wraps us all, is older than our sins, and is not deflected by them.Expositions of Holy Scripture
It would not be deflected; its whole force would be expended there.The Monitor and the Merrimac
J. L. Worden et al.
- to turn or cause to turn aside from a course; swerve
C17: from Latin dēflectere, from flectere to bend
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Word Origin and History for deflected
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