de·​vi·​an·​cy | \ ˈdē-vē-ən-sē How to pronounce deviancy (audio) \
plural deviancies

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Talk about defining deviancy down for the imperial presidency! Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Nuggets from the passing parade," 17 Aug. 2018 This perspective also empowers Mindhunter as a pretty powerful social commentary about America’s longstanding relationship with criminal deviancy. Paige S. Allen, Harper's BAZAAR, "Mindhunter Explores the Chilling Origin of the Modern American Serial Killer," 15 Oct. 2017 And how ironic that man of character is the coach at The U, which was once the gold standard for deviancy. David Whitley,, "Mark Richt is already Coach of the Year," 13 Oct. 2017 Bad Santa Billy Bob Thornton's thieving department store Santa injects some nasty deviancy into the Yuletide season in this uproarious black comedy from director Terry Zwigoff. Esquire Editors, Esquire, "The 25 Best Christmas Movies," 7 Aug. 2017 The binary nature of American politics often creates cascades of relativistic morality, but 2016 was the Niagara Falls of downward definitions of deviancy. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Relatively deadly," 19 June 2017

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1947, in the meaning defined above

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