WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
de•vi•ant /ˈdiviənt/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. relating to or marked by deviation:deviant behavior in public.

n. [countable]
  1. a person or thing that deviates:a sexual deviant.
de•vi•ance, n. [uncountable]See -via-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
de•vi•ant  (dēvē ənt),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. deviating or departing from the norm;
    characterized by deviation:deviant social behavior.

  1. a person or thing that deviates or departs markedly from the accepted norm.
  • Late Latin dēviant- (stem of dēviāns, present participle of dēviāre to deviate), equivalent. to Latin dē- de- + vi(a) road, way + -ant- -ant
  • Middle English 1350–1400

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

deviant /ˈdiːvɪənt/ adj
  1. deviating, as from what is considered acceptable behaviour
  1. a person whose behaviour, esp sexual behaviour, deviates from what is considered to be acceptable


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