Definition of deviant in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdēvēənt/


1Departing from usual or accepted standards, especially in social or sexual behavior: deviant behavior a deviant ideology
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  • He calls himself ‘a problem drinker, a user and occasional abuser of narcotics, a high school dropout, a pessimist prone to loose women and no stranger to prostitutes and deviant sexual behaviour’.
  • Given these contradictory insights from the literature, the issue of deviant behaviour and informal social control in peer - to - peer networks needs more empirical research.
  • This, in turn, reinforces the idea that children who exhibit any kind of sexual behavior are deviant in some way.
aberrant, abnormal, atypical, anomalous, irregular, nonstandard;
nonconformist, perverse, uncommon, unusual;
freakish, strange, odd, peculiar, bizarre, eccentric, idiosyncratic, unorthodox, exceptional;
warped, perverted
informal kinky, quirky
1.1 offensive Homosexual.


A deviant person or thing.
Example sentences
  • Norms use the clubs of stigma and shame to punish deviants, nonconformists, and radicals.
  • Strip clubs are not a festering hive of perverts and deviants.
  • Were you saying the behavior is deviant or they're deviants?
nonconformist, eccentric, maverick, individualist;
outsider, misfit
informal oddball, weirdo, freak, screwball, kook, odd duck


Late Middle English: from late Latin deviant- 'turning out of the way', from the verb deviare (see deviate).

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Syllabification: de·vi·ant

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