[ UK /dˈiːvi‍ənt/ ]
[ US /ˈdiviənt/ ]
  1. markedly different from an accepted norm
    deviant ideas
    aberrant behavior
  1. a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior
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How To Use deviant In A Sentence

  • The Ahmadiyah were explicitly "warned and ordered" that "as long as they consider themselves to hold to Islam, to discontinue the promulgation of interpretations and activities that are deviant from the principal teachings of Islam, that is to say the promulgation of beliefs that recognize a prophet with all his teachings who comes after the Prophet Muhammad SAW. The Heritage Foundation Papers
  • We need to move people from deviant gangs to socially constructive ones. Christianity Today
  • Since the dangers of passive smoking have been highlighted and smoking is becoming regarded as socially unacceptable, that is, deviant behaviour, many more people are trying to stop, and succeeding.
  • Was it a deviant thirst to find a lifelong fascination with such things? Times, Sunday Times
  • Until recently online dating was considered a taboo and the domain of sexual deviants.
  • Norms use the clubs of stigma and shame to punish deviants, nonconformists, and radicals.
  • Poor people were looked upon as deviants within society well before the 20th century.
  • All human beings (except for the handful of deviants who call themselves naturalists) have an inborn sense of shame.
  • The consumer society hungers for the deviant and unexpected.
  • The audience get to spy on the activities of the guests and staff - some of them lonely, some of them deviant, some of them rompingly exhibitionist. Culture | guardian.co.uk
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