deviant

[ dee-vee-uh nt ]
/ ˈdi vi ənt /

adjective

deviating or departing from the norm; characterized by deviation: deviant social behavior.

noun

a person or thing that deviates or departs markedly from the accepted norm.

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Origin of deviant

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin dēviant- (stem of dēviāns, present participle of dēviāre to deviate), equivalent to Latin dē- de- + vi(a) road, way + -ant- -ant

OTHER WORDS FROM deviant

non·de·vi·ant, adjective, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH deviant

deviant deviate
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British Dictionary definitions for deviant

deviant
/ (ˈdiːvɪənt) /

adjective

deviating, as from what is considered acceptable behaviour

noun

a person whose behaviour, esp sexual behaviour, deviates from what is considered to be acceptable
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Medical definitions for deviant

deviant
[ dēvē-ənt ]

adj.

Differing from a norm or from the accepted standards of a society.

n.

One that differs from a norm, especially a person whose behavior and attitudes differ from accepted social standards.

Other words from deviant

devi•ance null n.
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