Origin of deflectClassical Latin deflectere from de-, from + flectere, to bend
When all the attention is focused on you and you change the subject and get people to change what they are talking about, this is an example of a time when you deflect the conversation.
intr. & tr.v.de·flect·ed, de·flect·ing, de·flects
Origin of deflectLatin dēflectere dē- de- flectere to bend
(third-person singular simple present deflects, present participle deflecting, simple past and past participle deflected)
- To make (something) deviate from its original path.
- (intransitive) To deviate from its original path.
- (figuratively) To avoid addressing (questions, criticism, etc.).
- The Prime Minister deflected some increasingly pointed questions by claiming he had an appointment.
- (figuratively) To divert (attention, etc.).
- Prisms deflect rays of light towards their bases.
- The rain began, light at first, and he adjusted his helmet to deflect the droplets from blowing in his face.
- "You need more of an angle when you deflect," he told her.
- My little brother has the ablility to deflect any blame off himself and on to me, so he never gets in trouble.
- Jasmine raised her arms to deflect the dodgeball heading straight for her face.