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[dih-flekt] /dɪˈflɛkt/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to bend or turn aside; turn from a true course or straight line; swerve.
Origin of deflect
1545-55; < Latin dēflectere to bend down, turn aside, equivalent to dē- de- + flectere to bend, turn
Related forms
deflectable, adjective
deflector, noun Unabridged
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  • Atop the rostrum he would impugn his enemies, excite crowds to action and deflect his detractors' barbs.
  • Others insist that he was trying to deflect blame for his own political troubles.
  • But aid also increases dependency and can deflect recipient governments from the urgency of the task.
  • Their goal is to deflect examination of the facts and exposure of the truth.
  • Too many providers use this argument to deflect patient criticism.
  • As long as they had access to easy loans, they could buy enough social peace to deflect attention from scandals and mismanagement.
British Dictionary definitions for deflect


to turn or cause to turn aside from a course; swerve
Derived Forms
deflector, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dēflectere, from flectere to bend
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Word Origin and History for deflect

1550s, from Latin deflectere "to bend (something) aside or downward," from de- "away" (see de-) + flectere "to bend" (see flexible). Originally transitive, the intransitive sense is first recorded 1640s. Related: Deflected; deflecting.

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