Origin of perversion
Examples from the Web for perversion
Perversion is the keynote of all the debased forms of Gnosticism.Secret Societies And Subversive Movements
Nesta H. Webster
Perversion—drinking in excessive quantities; drunkenness; and unquenchable thirst.
Perversion—superstition; witchcraft; and with Cautiousness large, fear of ghosts.
Perversion—excessive fondness for music to the neglect of other things.
Perversion is morbid alteration of function which may occur in emotional, intellectual, or volitional fields.Applied Psychology for Nurses
Mary F. Porter
- any abnormal means of obtaining sexual satisfaction
- the act of perverting or the state of being perverted
- a perverted form or usage
Word Origin and History for perversion
late 14c., "action of turning aside from truth, corruption, distortion" (originally of religious beliefs), from Latin perversionem (nominative perversio) "a turning about," noun of action from past participle stem of pervertere (see pervert (v.)). Psychological sense of "disorder of sexual behavior in which satisfaction is sought through channels other than those of normal heterosexual intercourse" is from 1892, originally including homosexuality.
Perversions are defined as unnatural acts, acts contrary to nature, bestial, abominable, and detestable. Such laws are interpretable only in accordance with the ancient tradition of the English common law which ... is committed to the doctrine that no sexual activity is justifiable unless its objective is procreation. [A.C. Kinsey, et.al., "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male," 1948]
- A practice or act, especially one that is sexual in nature, considered abnormal or deviant.