Synonyms for deflectdɪˈflɛkt

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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

    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, deflect, 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, deflect, 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

    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, deflect, cark

  5. parry, block, deflect(verb)

    impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)

    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, deflect, 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, by James Champlin Fernald

  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

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