deflect deflect  /dɪf ˈlɛkt/


  1. (v) prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
  2. (v) turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest
  3. (v) turn aside and away from an initial or intended course
  4. (v) draw someone's attention away from something
  5. (v) impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)

Derived Word(s)


  1. On the trail, McCain likes to deflect questions about his age and health with jokes.
  2. But those were fictions meant to deflect challenges to his authenticity as a Palestinian.
  3. So, rather than directly confront the Shi'ite militias, the prime minister tends to deflect the blame for the sectarian violence toward Sunni terrorist organizations.


  1. New Gomez ad mocks Democratic attack ad

    Republican Senate candidate Gabriel E. Gomez is trying to use a dose of humor to deflect Democratic criticism of his positions on health care and taxes.        
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Boston Globe

  2. Obama blamed for NSA spying revelations by whistleblower advocate group

    An advocate for government whistleblowers blamed the Obama administration Tuesday for failing to provide protections for intelligence employees who want to report abuses and wrongdoing, as authorities intensified their global manhunt for national-security leaker Edward Snowden. For the second consecutive day, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney sought to deflect ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Washington Times


  1. "This is what happens when the President and members of Congress don't read the bills. The White House and others are merely attempting to deflect attention from the intense negativity caused by their unpopular policies. I never consulted with the...
    on Aug 11, 2009 By: Johnny Isakson Source:

  2. "While I fully acknowledge my inappropriate behavior, I want to assure my fans and my family that this was an isolated incident," Soto said in a statement released by the Cubs. "I do not say this to minimize or deflect from my conduct and I...
    on Jun 25, 2009 By: Geovany Soto Source: ESPN

  3. "Marion said he was happy Terence Newman also signed because it would deflect some of the ribbing he's going to get from his teammates," Rosenhaus said.
    on May 20, 2008 By: Drew Rosenhaus Source: USA Today

Word of the Day
repudiate repudiate
/ri ˈpju di ˌeɪt /