Usage examples for deviate

  1. But when Bach began to melodise harmony so that his middle parts not merely filled in but had a tune of their own, when, too, he began to deviate from the Church modes then in general vogue in secular music, using the diatonic and chromatic scales indifferently, and tuning the Clavier in all the twenty- four keys, he found himself compelled to introduce a system of fingering better adapted to his innovations than that in use, and in particular, to challenge the convention which condemned the thumb to inactivity. – Johann Sebastian Bach by Johann Nikolaus Forkel and Charles Sanford Terry
  2. In the one case we receive instructions from which we are forbidden to deviate; in the other we act as judges, with a power to pronounce decisions. – The Ethnology of the British Islands by Robert Gordon Latham
  3. Very true; but they did not intend to deviate from the facts- they did not know better. – The Moral Instruction of Children by Felix Adler
  4. Who that considers the infinite number of phrases which words in their various combinations may form, and the utter impossibility that they should ever be recognized individually for the purposes of instruction and criticism, but must see the absolute necessity of dividing words into classes, and of showing, by general rules of formation and construction, the laws to which custom commonly subjects them, or from which she allows them in particular instances to deviate? – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  5. And I did not know that only those who are hovering between life and death can deviate from the normal process of time! – The Day Time Stopped Moving by Bradner Buckner
  6. The dhow would have had to deviate slightly from her course to run down the canoe; as it was, she passed scarcely twenty fathoms off, her dark- skinned crew casting savage looks at the Englishmen. – The Three Commanders by W.H.G. Kingston
  7. Another fault in composition is that which occurs in the speeches of Hierocles and Menecles, two brothers, who may be considered as the princes of Asiatic Eloquence, and, in my opinion, are by no means contemptible: for though they deviate from the style of nature, and the strict laws of Atticism, yet they abundantly compensate the defect by the richness and fertility of their language. – Cicero's Brutus or History of Famous Orators; also His Orator, or Accomplished Speaker. by Cicero
  8. Whenever it began to deviate from the straight rolling necessary to keep it on the center of the skids, one of the workers thrust the shoe of his cant- hook under one end of the log. – The Blazed Trail by Stewart Edward White
  9. The pictures upon the walls, so far as I could remember their themes, did not deviate in any particular of detail or arrangement. – 54-40 or Fight by Emerson Hough
  10. No time is this to deviate from our course, We must rush on; our armies plainly show Their love for Irij, and if we should fail To root up from its place this flourishing tree, Our cause is lost for ever. – Persian Literature, Volume 1,Comprising The Shah Nameh, The Rubaiyat, The Divan, and The Gulistan by Anonymous
  11. He settled his hat firmly on his head, and opening the door, he added: Good- by, my dear madame, I will soon see you again, and in the meantime don't deviate in the least from your usual habits. – Baron Trigault's Vengeance Volume 2 (of 2) by Emile Gaboriau
  12. On the other hand, his power of describing or inventing scenes, real or fictitious, was of high artistic merit, so that he appears occasionally either to deviate into truth, or to have been a realistic novelist born centuries too early. – James VI and the Gowrie Mystery by Andrew Lang
  13. Know then, unworthy of the esteem I have bestowed on you, that neither to save mean or great, would I deviate from the strict line of truth. – The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
  14. Harness is harness, and a light yoke- fellow can make a proud career deviate. – The Tragic Comedians, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  15. To facilitate the march of the 20th Division, General von Woyna had been instructed to deviate from his direct road and attack the enemy's left. – The Franco-German War of 1870-71 by Count Helmuth, von Moltke