deflective :

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  • s  capable of changing the direction (of a light or sound wave)

  • Charles and Diana are world-class illusionists, modern masters of the deflective gesture, hinting at intimacy while keeping their distance.
  • The author, a novelist when closer to home (The Eye of the Beholder, Byzantine Honeymoon), suits up in deflective irony for a different game: to produce a travel book with the .
  • Then, using a characteristic combination of deflective wit and earnestness, he adds, "I'm a little cynical about awards, but it's different when you're nominated for one yourself.

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