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a person who has sunk below the normal moral standard
  • a sleazy bar that seemed to be an informal clubhouse for deviates

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Synonyms of deviate (Entry 3 of 3)

to change one's course or direction
  • sailors forced to deviate from their course in order to avoid the storm

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swerve, veer, deviate, depart, digress, diverge mean to turn aside from a straight course. swerve may suggest a physical, mental, or moral turning away from a given course, often with abruptness. swerved to avoid hitting the dog veer implies a major change in direction. at that point the path veers to the right deviate implies a turning from a customary or prescribed course. never deviated from her daily routine depart suggests a deviation from a traditional or conventional course or type. occasionally departs from his own guidelines digress applies to a departing from the subject of one's discourse. a professor prone to digress diverge may equal depart but usually suggests a branching of a main path into two or more leading in different directions. after school their paths diverged

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The first known use of deviate was circa 1633

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“Deviate.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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