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

Definition of deviancy

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Recent Examples on the Web Culture wars are being fought over them anyway because the deviancy that’s being defined down is that of the cultural warriors themselves. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 6 Apr. 2022 Nutting, who wrote the greatest Grub Street diet of all time, delights in deviancy. Kate Knibbs, Wired, 4 May 2021 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, 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,, 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, 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, 19 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of deviancy

1947, in the meaning defined above

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13 Apr 2022

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“Deviancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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