deviance deviance  /ˈdi vi əns/


  1. (n) a state or condition markedly different from the norm
  2. (n) deviate behavior

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  1. Japan's manga culture is awash with sexual fluidity and deviance but few of those grinning gross-out stories have made it to the big screen.
  2. In a remarkable move that lets Brown tell the best story and tell the truth, every deviance from recorded history is meticulously footnoted at the end.
  3. So this idea that a certain kind of sexual deviance or violent behavior defines black culture has had a huge market in commercial mainstream culture for at least 200 years.



  1. Education Minister Roman Giertych said the aim of the proposed law is to "prohibit the promotion of homosexuality and other deviance."
    on Mar 21, 2007 By: Roman Giertych Source: Kaiser

  2. "Homosexuality is a deviance of the personality," Binetti said during a television show on Italy's La7 channel on Saturday.
    on Mar 4, 2007 By: Paola Binetti Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "Patterns of deviance must be fully understood and not allowed to escalate out of control," Mufamadi said.
    on Jun 25, 2006 By: Sydney Mufamadi Source: Independent Online

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