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[dee-vee-uh ns] /ˈdi vi əns/
deviant quality or state.
deviant behavior.
Origin of deviance
1940-45; devi(ant) + -ance Unabridged
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  • Ever since talk shows were invented, pain, deviance and public humiliation have been at the center of their appeal.
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  • So when deviance is encountered, it becomes a matter of tribal concern.
  • Barber was stylistically at odds with his age, and the age treated such deviance harshly.
  • The term is well chosen, for it implies social deviance.
  • The accordion family has to be in the service of larger goals or it smacks of deviance.
British Dictionary definitions for deviance


Also called deviancy. the act or state of being deviant
(statistics) a measure of the degree of fit of a statistical model compared to that of a more complete model
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Word Origin and History for deviance

1944; see deviant + -ance. A sociologists' word, perhaps coined because statisticians and astronomers already had claimed deviation.

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