deviate

If something turns off course or is diverted, it deviates from the expected or the norm. Deviating from explicit recipe directions is never a good idea, unless you want inedible food or a kitchen fire.

The verb deviate can refer to divergence from a predicted path or road ("the airplane's route deviated from the flight plan"), but it can also refer to a divergence from normal behavior or expectations. When women demanded the right to vote, their behavior was considered shocking and deviated from the expectations of the time.

Definitions of deviate
  1. verb
    turn aside; turn away from
    synonyms: divert
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    yaw
    deviate erratically from a set course
    detour
    travel via a detour
    depart, digress, sidetrack, straggle
    wander from a direct or straight course
    hunt
    yaw back and forth about a flight path
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    turn
    change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense
  2. verb
    cause to turn away from a previous or expected course
    “The river was deviated to prevent flooding”
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    perturb
    cause a celestial body to deviate from a theoretically regular orbital motion, especially as a result of interposed or extraordinary gravitational pull
    perturb
    disturb or interfere with the usual path of an electron or atom
    shunt
    provide with or divert by means of an electrical shunt
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    divert
    send on a course or in a direction different from the planned or intended one
  3. verb
    be at variance with; be out of line with
    synonyms: depart, diverge, vary
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    conform
    be similar, be in line with
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    aberrate
    diverge or deviate from the straight path; produce aberration
    aberrate
    diverge from the expected
    belie, contradict, negate
    be in contradiction with
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    differ
    be different
  4. adjective
    markedly different from an accepted norm
    synonyms: aberrant, deviant
    abnormal, unnatural
    not normal; not typical or usual or regular or conforming to a norm
  5. noun
    a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior
    synonyms: degenerate, deviant, pervert
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    fetishist
    one who engages in fetishism (especially of a sexual nature)
    masochist
    someone who obtains pleasure from receiving punishment
    nympho, nymphomaniac
    a woman with abnormal sexual desires
    child molester, paederast, pederast
    a man who has sex (usually sodomy) with a boy as the passive partner
    paedophile, pedophile
    an adult who is sexually attracted to children
    sadist
    someone who obtains pleasure from inflicting pain on others
    sadomasochist
    someone who enjoys both sadism and masochism
    lech, lecher, letch, satyr
    man with strong sexual desires
    flagellant
    a person who is whipped or whips himself for sexual gratification
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    miscreant, reprobate
    a person without moral scruples
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