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Synonyms for deflect
dɪˈflɛkt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. debar, forefend, forfend, obviate, deflect, avert, head off, stave off, fend off, avoid, ward off(verb)

    prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening

    "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"

    Synonyms:
    forfend, avoid, eliminate, avert, ward off, distract, keep off, bend, suspend, obviate, invalidate, fend off, stave off, block, nullify, debar, exclude, head off, forefend, annul, quash, rid of, parry, bar, turn away, void

  2. deflect, bend, turn away(verb)

    turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest

    Synonyms:
    distract, bow, avert, ward off, refuse, twist, bend, deform, obviate, fend off, stave off, block, debar, avoid, head off, forfend, stoop, forefend, parry, flex, turn away, reject, crouch, turn, turn down

  3. deflect(verb)

    turn aside and away from an initial or intended course

    Synonyms:
    head off, block, obviate, forfend, forefend, avoid, stave off, fend off, parry, bend, turn away, debar, distract, ward off, avert

  4. distract, deflect(verb)

    draw someone's attention away from something

    "The thief distracted the bystanders"; "He deflected his competitors"

    Synonyms:
    forfend, unhinge, disorder, avert, ward off, disquiet, bend, distract, obviate, perturb, fend off, stave off, block, debar, avoid, head off, forefend, parry, trouble, turn away, cark

  5. parry, block, deflect(verb)

    impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)

    "block an attack"

    Synonyms:
    ward off, debar, circumvent, evade, block up, lug, halt, sidestep, obturate, jam, stuff, fend off, block off, close up, blank out, freeze, bend, head off, obstruct, avert, impede, dodge, embarrass, kibosh, draw a blank, duck, hinder, avoid, block, forget, hedge, immobilize, stop, put off, stymy, fudge, blockade, immobilise, turn away, bar, occlude, barricade, obviate, elude, forefend, parry, choke up, forfend, stymie, stave off, distract, skirt

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. deflect

    In some cases a thing is spoken of as bent where the parts make an angle; but oftener to bend is understood to be to draw to or through a curve; as, to bend a bow. To submit or yield is to bend the mind humbly to another's wishes. To incline or influence is to bend another's wishes toward our own; to persuade is to draw them quite over. To warp is to bend silently through the whole fiber, as a board in the sun. To crook is to bend irregularly, as a crooked stick. Deflect, deviate, and diverge are said of any turning away; deviate commonly of a slight and gradual movement, diverge of a more sharp and decided one. To bias is to cut across the texture, or incline to one side; in figurative use always with an unfavorable import. Mold is a stronger work than bend; we may bend by a superior force that which still resists the constraint; as, a bent bow; we mold something plastic entirely to some desired form.

    Synonyms:
    bend, bias, bow, crook, curve, deviate, diverge, incline, influence, mold, persuade, stoop, submit, turn, twine, twist, warp, yield

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. deflect

    Synonyms:
    turn, deviate, diverge, swerve, divert, recurve

    Antonyms:
    continue, proceed, straighten, unbend, prolong, produce

Editors Contribution

  1. cause to deviate

    synonymous

    my facts deflected his erroneous criticism

    Submitted by P.graham on September 22, 2020  
  2. cause to deviate

    synonymous

    my facts deflected his erroneous criticism

    Submitted by P.graham on September 22, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. deflect(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    deviate, diverge, swerve, turn aside

  2. deflect(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    bend, turn aside

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "deflect":

    divert, distract, hijack, deviate

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How to use deflect in a sentence?

  1. Kevin Roach:

    As the EPA has taken responsibility for the discharge it is unfortunate that Mr. Hennis, whose company owns the Gold King mine, is trying to deflect responsibility from what has clearly been the location of the incident, which is Gold King mine.

  2. China Construction America:

    Baha Mar Ltd continues to spread false and misleading allegations in an effort to deflect attention away from its mismanagement of the Baha Mar resort project.

  3. Matt Brooks:

    His comment about Netanyahu and Israel is a pivot to deflect from the fact that he’s unwilling and unprepared to condemn the hatred of Mr. Farrakhan.

  4. Bill Clinton:

    There are real questions being raised about whether Donald Trump himself is just a puppet for the Kremlin in this race, washington Republicans ' need Donald Trump to disclose all of his financial ties and whether Donald Trump advisers are having meetings with the Kremlin. Mook pressed similar points on CBS, saying Trump has ties to China money, while again trying to deflect questions about the foundation’s alleged.

  5. Ian Drysdale:

    I believe the real reason for my dismissal was to deflect attention from the respondent's (RBS's) own admitted failures.

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