Definition of deviance in US English:



  • The fact or state of departing from usual or accepted standards, especially in social or sexual behavior.

    ‘a study of crime and deviance’
    ‘social deviance’
    • ‘Acceptance that this kind of deviance is a fact of society is what is necessary.’
    • ‘External control refers to rewards that reinforce conformity and punishments that discourage deviance.’
    • ‘As a psychologist, Bloom had studied what in the 1970s was considered not just sexual deviance, but mental imbalance.’
    • ‘The deviance from the general standard was both in the architecture of the networks and the activation function itself.’
    • ‘But marks are deducted for any sort of imagination or deviance from the text.’
    • ‘We all have our own opinion as to where normal behaviors end and deviance begins but there is no need for me to spell that out here.’
    • ‘He intends for his work to respond to gaps in both the history of prostitution and the sociology of deviance and social control.’
    • ‘We are, it seems, quite intolerant of any deviance from the straight and narrow.’
    • ‘The country hardly needs lectures about the social roots of crime and deviance.’
    • ‘Around the same time, Durkheim was proposing that deviance served an important social function.’
    • ‘Therefore they become less integrated and thus are perceived as subject to higher risk from all forms of social deviance.’
    • ‘In this manner, Suicide points toward a concept related to, but much broader than, that of crime - what today we call deviance or deviant behaviour.’
    • ‘Such structural disadvantages provide a social context in which crime and deviance can thrive.’
    • ‘But this business seemed to be defacing its own windows, in a reflexive act of social deviance.’
    • ‘However, anger, revenge, sexual deviance, a desire for others to feel their pain are activated and connected to those fantasies.’
    • ‘Her case never was about mental deficiency; it was always a matter of sexual morality and social deviance.’
    • ‘The narrative of sexual deviance does not subvert conventional power relations, but rather reproduces them.’
    • ‘Known for its dubious deviance from its claims, this issue is no different.’
    • ‘Thus gendered patterns of socialization and social control were linked to gendered patterns of deviance and delinquency.’
    • ‘Those are words redolent of associations with sexual deviance, not rough campaign tactics.’
    corruption, corruptness, vice, perversion, pervertedness, degeneracy, degradation, immorality, shamelessness, debauchery, dissipation, dissoluteness, turpitude, loucheness, profligacy, licentiousness, lewdness, lasciviousness, salaciousness, lechery, lecherousness, prurience, obscenity, indecency, libertinism, sordidness
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