- 1Departing from usual or accepted standards, especially in social or sexual behaviour: deviant behaviour a deviant ideologyMore example sentences
aberrant, deviating, divergent, abnormal, atypical, untypical, non-typical, anomalous, digressive, irregular, non-standard; nonconformist, rogue, perverse, transgressing, wayward; strange, odd, peculiar, uncommon, unusual, freak, freakish, curious, bizarre, eccentric, idiosyncratic, unorthodox, exceptional, singular, unrepresentative; distorted, twisted, warped, perverted
- 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.
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- A deviant person or thing: killers, deviants, and those whose actions are beyond most human comprehensionMore 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?
late Middle English: from late Latin deviant- 'turning out of the way', from the verb deviare (see deviate).