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Synonyms for deflect
dɪˈflɛktde·flect

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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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. debar, forefend, forfend, obviate, deflect, avert, head off, stave off, fend off, avoid, ward offverb

    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 awayverb

    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. deflectverb

    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, deflectverb

    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, deflectverb

    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

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Editors Contribution

  1. cause to deviate

    synonymous

    my facts deflected his erroneous criticism

    Submitted by P.graham on September 22, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. deflectverb

    Synonyms:
    deviate, diverge, swerve, turn aside

  2. deflectverb

    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. Kort E. Patterson:

    Some informants spied on their neighbors because they actually believed the propaganda… Some denounced their enemies in order to settle personal grudges. Some were driven by their own fears to attempt to deflect attention away from themselves…Some were motivated by the sense of power turning in their neighbors gave them.

  2. The Democrat:

    Yesterday’s Republican letter is yet another disingenuous attempt to deflect blame away from Republican irresponsibility that is resulting in the loss of American lives, republicans and their right-wing disinformation machine are undermining vaccine confidence and then blaming the sitting president for a crisis of the unvaccinated that Republicans created.

  3. 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.

  4. Kate Andersen Brower:

    She speaks five languages, she was not born in the US, and she is generally viewed as more compassionate than her husband, so this is an important moment for her to show a more empathetic side of her husband's administration, it's important that people see her Africa trip in the best possible light, not as pandering or trying to deflect attention away from the scandal in the White House but as a genuine effort to help showcase accomplishments made there and the work that still needs to be done.

  5. Alex French:

    We feel fortunate that The Atlantic decided to work with us, and we are grateful that the piece has gone through The Atlantic's thoughtful editorial process, which included another rigorous fact-check and robust legal vetting, singer's response to The Atlantic story wrongfully used' homophobia' to deflect from sexual assault allegations and GLAAD urges the media and the industry at large to not gloss over the fact that survivors of sexual assault should be put first.


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