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deviate

[dē′vē·it]
Etymology: L, deviare, to turn aside
1 n, a person or an act that varies from that which is considered standard, such as a social or sexual deviate, or that which is within a statistic norm.
2 v, to vary from that which is considered standard or within a statistic norm. deviant, adj., deviation, n.

deviate

noun A poetic (i.e., non-medical) term for a person who engages in nontraditional and/or bizarre sexual practices.

deviate

(dē′vē-āt″) [L. deviare, to turn aside]
1. To move steadily away from a designated norm.
2. An individual whose behavior, esp. sexual behavior, is so far removed from societal norms that it is classed as socially, morally, or legally unacceptable.
References in classic literature ?
When a race of plants is once pretty well established, the seed-raisers do not pick out the best plants, but merely go over their seed-beds, and pull up the 'rogues,' as they call the plants that deviate from the proper standard.
It is lucky for the women that the seat of fistycuff war is not the same with them as among men; but though they may seem a little to deviate from their sex, when they go forth to battle, yet I have observed, they never so far forget, as to assail the bosoms of each other; where a few blows would be fatal to most of them.
The court acknowledged that when a taxpayer deviates from a previously established accounting method, and the deviation does not have the time to become a method on its own, there exists the possibility of an accounting error.
A sixth painting, Untitled (Blue Face Grotjahn), deviates from the butterfly formula by introducing a flurry of color, glaring eyeballs, and a triangulated network of brushstrokes.
In the sell-portraits, Rembrandt's right eye generally looks straight ahead, while the left deviates outward.
Harries rejects Koyrd's radical position (and deviates a bit from Duhem's neo-scholasticism) and turns rather to the theological and mystical speculations of Cusanus as the key and "conceptual link" between ancient ideas and modern science.
Headlining the tour was Ignite (Orange County), SNFU (Canada), Deviates (South Bay), Powerhouse (Oakland), and Venerea (Sweden).
For the second year in a row, the board's decision deviates from Mayor Rudolph W.
Johnson deviates from the norm in contemporary black popular fiction.
Indeed, one might fault Agosto Cintron for an apparent reticence to engage in 'theoretical' argumentation or to point out the lines where her interpretation deviates from others.