Origin of deviant
Examples from the Web for deviant
The report made reference to “the deviant group,” the preferred euphemism that state-run media there uses for al Qaeda.Is al Qaeda’s Attention Now Turning to United Arab Emirates?|Eli Lake|December 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The "deviant trend" is a title used by those who oppose Ahmadinejad to describe certain people close to him, including Mashaei.
One of the individuals said to belong to the “deviant trend” is Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei.
Republicans have long seen themselves as synonymous with America, and everyone else as deviant and marginal.
When a person is judged by social standards to be deviant and even evil, however, it is difficult to summon caring.Nursing as Caring|Anne Boykin
It smelled the outpouring of certain glands, tasted a deviant brain wave.Watchbird|Robert Sheckley
There's nothing shameful, deviant or weird about either of them.Little Brother|Cory Doctorow
It became official record, and my experience was the deviant.What Need of Man?|Harold Calin
People whose greatest crime might have been lack of enthusiasm feared that they might be suspected of deviant political beliefs.Area Handbook for Romania|Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
British Dictionary definitions for deviant
Word Origin and History for deviant
c.1400, from Late Latin deviantem (nominative devians), present participle of deviare "turn aside," from Latin phrase de via, from de "off" (see de-) + via "way" (see via). The noun meaning "one that deviates" is from late 15c.; in the sexual sense, from 1952; also deviate (n.), recorded since 1912.