July 17, 2013
- deviate (verb)
- What does it mean?
- : to turn aside from a course, principle, standard, or topic
- How do you use it?
- From early childhood, Rory's parents told him that honesty was always the best policy, and he has never had reason to deviate from that advice.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which one of these words do you think shares a root with "deviate"?"Deviate" comes from combining the Latin noun "via," which means "way," with the prefix "de-," meaning "from, down, or away." "Via," with "pre" added, is also the source of the adjective "previous," which means "going before in time or order." Among the other derivatives of "via" which have found their way into English are the adjective "trivial," describing something that's ordinary or of little importance, and "voyage," which is a journey, especially by water, from one place to another.