Deviant meaning

dēvē-ənt
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One that differs from a norm, especially a person whose behavior and attitudes differ from accepted social standards.
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A person whose behavior is deviant.
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Differing from a norm or from the accepted standards of a society.
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Deviating, esp. from what is considered normal in a group or for a society.
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Of or pertaining to a deviation; characterized by deviation from an expectation or a social standard.

At the trial, the extent of his deviant behavior became clear.

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A person who deviates, especially from norms of social behavior.

He was branded as a deviant and ostracized.

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A thing, phenomenon, or trend that deviates from an expectation or pattern.

As the graph shows, the March sales trend is the deviant.

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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.

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Origin of deviant

  • Middle English deviaunt from Late Latin dēviāns dēviant- present participle of dēviāre to deviate deviate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition