Definition of deviance
: deviant quality, state, or behavior
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In places like John Calvin’s Geneva, efforts to enforce moral discipline ranged from the obvious (punishing sexual deviance) to the odd (making bibles available at pubs to encourage spiritual reflection).
Her latest veers more toward the comic camp, exploring raunchy proclivities and unbelievable deviances in a trailer park of the near future.
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