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Differing from a norm or from the accepted standards of a society.
One that differs from a norm, especially a person whose behavior and attitudes differ from accepted social standards.

[Middle English deviaunt, from Late Latin dēviāns, dēviant-, present participle of dēviāre, to deviate; see deviate.]

de′vi·ance, de′vi·an·cy n.
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That stat could underpin any tale of boxing prowess, but Griffiths was also gay at a time when any sign of homosexuality was labelled as deviancy.
The Asmals' response to this brand of Islamic deviancy has been: "Not and never in our name.
The socio-educational service in question takes the form of support interventions and supportive of education regarding children in need and their families, in the presence of educational deficiencies and relational problems intra-family and / or personal, aimed at providing adequate educational tools the creation of a path of autonomy and growth, maturation and conflict resolution to promote social inclusion and to prevent any risk of deviancy.
violent crime, or births to unmarried women -- reach a certain level, society soothes itself by ''defining deviancy down.
He added that he had no doubt Bradbury had caused "serious psychological" harm to his victims and there was a risk he would do so in future but said the doctor's recognition of his deviancy meant the risk could be managed.
Still, as military activities in neighbouring Iraq and Syria intensified, Saudi authorities concluded that a more robust counterterrorism framework was necessary, which was the reason why fresh measures were adopted to combat deviancy.
Prof Winlow was speaking ahead of the National Deviancy Conference next week.
It also allowed fundamentalists to frame the fight "as one of deviancy versus decency.
Had not one of April's friends seen her getting into Bridger''s car on the night she disappeared, he may never have been caught: he had no history of sexual deviancy and, the night before, had broken up with his latest partner.
Reading the psychology, there is no cure for sexual deviancy and paedophilia anyway, so what alternative is there?
Innocence, domesticity, temptation, deviancy, comfort, sex, death, isolation, fear, religion and humor are all here," as BALTIC curator Laurence Sillars observes in his catalogue essay.
I did know that some of the older members of the community, protectors of the penitential way, saw the day trips to the churches as a major deviancy from the contemplative life.