# deviate

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## English

### Etymology

Late Latin deviatus, past participle of deviare, from the phrase de via.

### Pronunciation

Noun
• enPR: dē'vēət
• (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdiː.vi.ət/
•  Audio (Southern England) (file)
• (US) IPA(key): /ˈdi.vi.ət/
• (General Australian) IPA(key): /ˈdiː.vi.ət/, [ˈdɪi.vi.ət]
Verb

### Noun

deviate (plural deviates)

1. A person with deviant behaviour; a deviant, degenerate or pervert.
Synonyms: deviant, degenerate, pervert
• 1915, James Cornelius Wilson, A Handbook of medical diagnosis[1]:
[] Walton has suggested that it is desirable "to name the phenomena signs of deviation, and call their possessors deviates or a deviate as the case may be []
• 1959, Leon Festinger, Stanley Schachter, Kurt W. Back, Social Pressures in Informal Groups: A Study of Human Factors in Housing[2]:
Under these conditions the person who appears as a deviate is a deviate only because we have chosen, somewhat arbitrarily, to call him a member of the court []
• 2001, Rupert Brown, Group Processes[3]:
[] The second confederate was also to be a deviate initially []
2. A value equal to the difference between a measured variable factor and a fixed or algorithmic reference value.
• 1928, Karl J. Holzinger, Statistical Methods for Students in Education[4]:
It will be noted that for a deviate x = 1.5, the ordinate z will have the value .130 []
• 2001, Sanjeev B. Sarmukaddam, Indrayan Indrayan, Abhaya Indrayan, Medical Biostatistics[5]:
This difference is called a deviate. When a deviate is divided by its SD a, it is called a relative deviate or a standard deviate.
• 2005, Michael J. Crawley, Statistics: An Introduction Using R[6]:
This is a deviate so the appropriate function is qt. We need to supply it with the probability (in this case p = 0.975) and the degrees of freedom...

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### Verb

deviate (third-person singular simple present deviates, present participle deviating, simple past and past participle deviated)

1. To go off course from; to change course; to change plans.
• 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling:
These two circumstances, however, happening both unfortunately to intervene, our travellers deviated into a much less frequented track; and after riding full six miles, instead of arriving at the stately spires of Coventry, they found themselves still in a very dirty lane, where they saw no symptoms of approaching the suburbs of a large city.
• 1709, [Alexander Pope], An Essay on Criticism, London: [] W. Lewis [], published 1711, →OCLC:
Thus Pegasus, a nearer way to take, / May boldly deviate from the common track.
2. To fall outside of, or part from, some norm; to stray.
His exhibition of nude paintings deviated from the norm.
• 2021 February 9, “The double-edged sword of movie stardom remains the same as it ever was: when a persona is so fixed in the public mind, it's what people love you for, and it becomes difficult to deviate from.”, in BBC[7]:
3. To cause to diverge.

deviate

dēviāte