|part of speech:
||difference or divergence, as from a typical pattern, accepted social norms, political orthodoxy, or the like.
The critics said the theme of her new book represented a deviation from her standard themes.
- similar words:
- aberration, abnormality, anomaly, departure, warp
||the difference between one of a set of numbers and some fixed value, usu. an average.
||the deflection of a compass needle on a ship caused by the magnetism of the ship itself.
||difference, discrepancy, diversion, exception, freak, leeway, turn