Definition of deviant in English:


Line breaks: de|vi¦ant
Pronunciation: /ˈdiːvɪənt



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  • A deviant person or thing: killers, deviants, and those whose actions are beyond most human comprehension
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    • 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, exception, outsider, misfit, fish out of water, square peg in a round hole, round peg in a square hole
    informal oddball, odd fish, weirdo, weirdie, freak, bad boy
    North American informal screwball, kook


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

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