- a person or thing that deviates or departs markedly from the accepted norm.
Origin of deviant
Related Wordsbent, irregular, variant, queer, weird, wandering, aberrant, anomalous, atypical, devious, divergent, heretical, kinky, off-key, perverse, perverted, preternatural, twisted, unorthodox, untypical
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?
December 27, 2012
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.The Biggest Republican Lie
March 23, 2010
Under the circumstances, deviant behavior could not be tolerated.The Status Civilization
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
It became official record, and my experience was the deviant.What Need of Man?
There's nothing shameful, deviant or weird about either of them.Little Brother
It smelled the outpouring of certain glands, tasted a deviant brain wave.Watchbird
- deviating, as from what is considered acceptable behaviour
- a person whose behaviour, esp sexual behaviour, deviates from what is considered to be acceptable
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.
- Differing from a norm or from the accepted standards of a society.
- One that differs from a norm, especially a person whose behavior and attitudes differ from accepted social standards.