July 18, 2018
deviate (verb)
\DEE-vee-ayt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to turn aside from a course, principle, standard, or topic
How do you use it?
"Every once in a while there's a little trouble with cooperation, but it's easily taken care of. After today he'll never desire to deviate again." (Madeleine L'Engle, _A Wrinkle in Time_)
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"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.
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