deviant vs deviate : Common Errors in English

About deviant vs deviate

The technical term used by professionals to label someone whose behavior deviates from the norm is “deviate,” but if you want to tease a perv friend you may as well call him a “deviant”—that’s what almost everybody else says. In your sociology class, however, you might want to stick with “deviate.”

deviant Meaning(s)

  • (n) a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior
  • (s) markedly different from an accepted norm

deviate Meaning(s)

  • (n) a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior
  • (v) turn aside; turn away from
  • (v) be at variance with; be out of line with
  • (v) cause to turn away from a previous or expected course
  • (s) markedly different from an accepted norm

deviant in News

  1. Kazakhstan Reiterates American Adoption Ban

    Americans are still forbidden from adopting Kazakh children, an official in Astana has said. The ban will continue until Kazakhstan receives a satisfactory explanation from US authorities about the circumstances in which two orphans from the Central Asian state were found in a home for troubled kids last year. The two children were found on a ranch housing children with “deviant behavior” in ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: EurasiaNet

  2. Theory Watch: Cronuts Are A Texas Creation

    Cronut, the deviant croissant-donut hybrid whose novelty first swept New York and now the nation , has reach its insanity saturation point. [ more › ]
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Austinist

  3. Former Lee Co. Disc Jockey given new, tougher prison sentence

    A former Lee County radio personality has been sentenced for a second time after being convicted of having deviant sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 12.
    on June 8, 2013 Source: WSFA 12 Montgomery

deviate in News

  • UFC on Fuel 10 Video Highlights from Nogueira vs Werdum, Silva vs Cavalcante

    If you tuned into UFC on Fuel 10 on Saturday night, you got to hear Bruce Buffer call out "and the winner by submission" multiple times over the course of the event.  In fact, all but four fights on the card ended via some form of submission.  The two bouts headlining the Brazil fight card did not deviate from that pattern, but the light heavyweight scrap that preceded the co-main event sure did ...
    on June 9, 2013 Source: Bleacher Report

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