deviance

Deviance refers to a state that is veering away from the norm. Wearing a chicken suit to work would definitely be an example of deviance, unless of course you're a mascot.

If you know that deviating means to depart from what's normal, you won't be surprised that deviance is a condition of abnormal or aberrant behavior. Deviance includes behavior that is considered weird, odd, and strange. Sometimes, deviance could include illegal behavior. Since people don't agree on what's normal, they don't agree on what counts as deviance either.

Definitions of deviance
  1. noun
    a state or condition markedly different from the norm
    synonyms: aberrance, aberrancy, aberration
    see moresee less
    types:
    show 5 types...
    hide 5 types...
    chromosomal aberration, chromosomal anomaly, chromosonal disorder, chrosomal abnormality
    any change in the normal structure or number of chromosomes; often results in physical or mental abnormalities
    deflection, warp
    a twist or aberration; especially a perverse or abnormal way of judging or acting
    monosomy
    chromosomal abnormality consisting of the absence of one chromosome from the normal diploid number
    trisomy
    chrosomal abnormality in which there is one more than the normal number of chromosomes in a cell
    sex-linked disorder
    any disease or abnormality that is determined by the sex hormones
    type of:
    abnormalcy, abnormality
    an abnormal physical condition resulting from defective genes or developmental deficiencies
  2. noun
    deviate behavior
    synonyms: deviation
    see moresee less
    type of:
    abnormality, irregularity
    behavior that breaches the rule or etiquette or custom or morality
Word Family