deviance

noun
de·​vi·​ance | \ ˈdē-vē-ən(t)s How to pronounce deviance (audio) \

Definition of deviance

: deviant quality, state, or behavior

Examples of deviance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The show tells the story of a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work. Joe Otterson, Variety, 27 June 2022 Instead, partly by lifting the pressure of secrecy and diminishing the feeling of deviance, the talk will loosen the hold of hallucinations and, crucially, the grip of isolation. New York Times, 17 May 2022 Wearing a set of horns on his head, with a pair of hooves replacing his feet, the singer intentionally evokes the image of Baphomet, an ancient pagan deity often considered a symbol of pluralism and deviance from societal norms. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 11 Feb. 2022 The show tells the story of a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work. Joe Otterson, Variety, 25 Jan. 2022 These efforts helped mainstream the idea working on one's physique was a sign of normal male sexuality, not deviance. Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, CNN, 14 Dec. 2021 The science of the matter is unequivocal: Addiction is a chronic and treatable medical condition, not a weakness of will or character or a form of social deviance. Nora D. Volkow, Scientific American, 31 Aug. 2021 Marijuana figures sharply in those stereotypes, feeding myths of black social deviance. Syreeta Mcfadden, Rolling Stone, 1 July 2021 Their stories have been elevated by Cruella’s delicious deviance. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 2 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of deviance

1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Deviance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deviance. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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deviance

noun
de·​vi·​ance | \ ˈdē-vē-ən(t)s How to pronounce deviance (audio) \

Medical Definition of deviance

: deviant quality, state, or behavior

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