Definition of deviant adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdiːviənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdiːviənt//
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different from what most people consider to be normal and acceptable deviant behaviour/sexuality Word Originlate Middle English: from late Latin deviant- ‘turning out of the way’, from the verb deviare, from de- ‘away from’ + via ‘way’.Extra examples In the case of sex crimes newspapers typically focus on the criminal and deviant character of the accused. Not all deviant behaviour is criminal. Self-assertive behaviour was labelled as dangerous, anti-social and deviant. Such practices were regarded as sexually deviant. The author discusses the images of deviant women in folklore and myth.

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