- The definition of a deviant is a person whose behavior is different from those in "normal" society and culture.
An example of a deviant is someone with multiple and simultaneous relationships.
deviating, esp. from what is considered normal in a group or for a society
Origin of deviant; from Late Latin devians, present participle of deviare: see deviate
a person whose behavior is deviant
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.
Origin of deviantMiddle English deviaunt, from Late Latin dēviāns, dēviant-, present participle of dēviāre, to deviate; see deviate.
- de′vi·ance, de′vi·an·cy
(comparative more deviant, superlative most deviant)
NounSee also: déviant