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Origin of deflected

First recorded in 1820–30; deflect + -ed2
Related formsnon·de·flect·ed, adjectiveun·de·flect·ed, adjective


verb (used with or without object)
  1. 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 formsde·flect·a·ble, adjectivede·flec·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of deflected

  • Until then the stream had followed the street; but the debris that encumbered it deflected the course.

    The Flood

    Emile Zola

  • Flagg tipped the shade of the lamp and deflected the light upon the couple.

  • 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.

  • It would not be deflected; its whole force would be expended there.

    The Monitor and the Merrimac

    J. L. Worden et al.

British Dictionary definitions for deflected


  1. to turn or cause to turn aside from a course; swerve
Derived Formsdeflector, noun

Word Origin for deflect

C17: from Latin dēflectere, from flectere to bend
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Word Origin and History for deflected



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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