Definition of deviance in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdiːviəns/


[mass noun]
The fact or state of diverging from usual or accepted standards, especially in social or sexual behaviour: a study of crime and deviance social deviance
More example sentences
  • Her case never was about mental deficiency; it was always a matter of sexual morality and social deviance.
  • In this manner, Suicide points toward a concept related to, but much broader than, that of crime - what today we call deviance or deviant behaviour.
  • Around the same time, Durkheim was proposing that deviance served an important social function.



Pronunciation: /ˈdiːviənsi/
Example sentences
  • It is different from other related concepts like the ‘prison industrial complex’ and the ‘crime control industry’, which assumes deviancy at least as a functional concept.
  • ‘Without exception the deviancy (in cases where guilt was found) was connected with a sexually permissive environment,’ he said.
  • Vice, including the deviancy of art, was the prerogative of the elderly, wily north, and in White's novels it ravages a southern society that is only virtuous because it lacks imagination.

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