deviant c.1400 (adj.), from L.L. deviantem (nom. devians), prp. of deviare "turn aside," from L. phrase de via, from de "off" (see DE- (Cf. de-)) + via "way" (see VIA (Cf. via)). The noun meaning "one that deviates" is from late 15c.; in the sexual sense, from 1952; also deviate (n.), recorded since 1912.

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