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Under the circumstances, deviant behavior could not be tolerated.

People whose greatest crime might have been lack of enthusiasm feared that they might be suspected of deviant political beliefs.

It became official record, and my experience was the deviant.

There's nothing shameful, deviant or weird about either of them.

It smelled the outpouring of certain glands, tasted a deviant brain wave.

When a person is judged by social standards to be deviant and even evil, however, it is difficult to summon caring.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, from Late Latin deviantem (nominative devians), present participle of deviare "turn aside," from Latin phrase de via, from de "off" (see de-) + via "way" (see via). The noun meaning "one that deviates" is from late 15c.; in the sexual sense, from 1952; also deviate (n.), recorded since 1912.

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