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perverted

[per-vur-tid]
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adjective
  1. Pathology. changed to or being of an unnatural or abnormal kind: a perverted interest in death.
  2. turned from what is right; wicked; misguided; distorted.
  3. affected with or caused by perversion.
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Origin of perverted

First recorded in 1660–70; pervert + -ed2
Related formsper·vert·ed·ly, adverbper·vert·ed·ness, nounnon·per·vert·ed, adjectivenon·per·vert·ed·ly, adverbun·per·vert·ed, adjectiveun·per·vert·ed·ly, adverb

pervert

[verb per-vurt; noun pur-vert]
verb (used with object)
  1. to affect with perversion.
  2. to lead astray morally.
  3. to turn away from the right course.
  4. to lead into mental error or false judgment.
  5. to turn to an improper use; misapply.
  6. to misconstrue or misinterpret, especially deliberately; distort: to pervert someone's statement.
  7. to bring to a less excellent state; vitiate; debase.
  8. Pathology. to change to what is unnatural or abnormal.
  9. to convert or persuade to a religious belief regarded as false or wrong.
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noun
  1. a person who practices sexual perversion.
  2. Pathology. a person affected with perversion.
  3. a person who has been perverted, especially to a religious belief regarded as erroneous.
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Origin of pervert

1300–50; (v.) Middle English perverten < Latin pervertere to overturn, subvert, equivalent to per- per- + vertere to turn; (noun) noun use of obsolete pervert perverted
Related formsper·vert·er, nounper·vert·i·ble, adjectiveper·vert·i·bil·i·ty, nounper·vert·i·bly, adverbnon·per·vert·i·ble, adjective

Synonyms

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2. seduce, corrupt, demoralize. 3. divert. 4. mislead, misguide. 7. pollute, defile; impair, degrade.
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perverted

adjective
  1. deviating greatly from what is regarded as normal or right; distorted
  2. of or practising sexual perversion
  3. incorrectly interpreted
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Derived Formspervertedly, adverbpervertedness, noun

pervert

verb (pəˈvɜːt) (tr)
  1. to use wrongly or badly
  2. to interpret wrongly or badly; distort
  3. to lead into deviant or perverted beliefs or behaviour; corrupt
  4. to debase
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noun (ˈpɜːvɜːt)
  1. a person who practises sexual perversion
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Derived Formsperverter, nounpervertible, adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Old French pervertir, from Latin pervertere to turn the wrong way, from per- (indicating deviation) + vertere to turn
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Word Origin and History for perverted

adj.

1660s, "turned from the right way," past participle adjective from pervert (v.). With implied sexual sense by 1897.

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pervert

v.

c.1300 (transitive), "to turn someone aside from a right religious belief to a false or erroneous one," from Old French pervertir "pervert, undo, destroy" (12c.) and directly from Latin pervertere "overthrow, overturn," figuratively "to corrupt, subvert, abuse," literally "turn the wrong way, turn about," from per- "away" (see per) + vertere "to turn" (see versus).

Related: Perverted; perverting. Replaced native froward, which embodies the same image. Old English had mishweorfed "perverted, inverted," an identical formation to the Latin word using native elements.

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pervert

n.

1660s, "one who has forsaken a doctrine or system regarded as true, apostate," from pervert (v.). Psychological sense of "one who has a perversion of the sexual instinct" is attested from 1897 (Havelock Ellis), originally especially of homosexuals.

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perverted in Medicine

perverted

(pər-vûrtĭd)
adj.
  1. Deviating from what is considered normal or correct.
  2. Of, relating to, or practicing sexual perversion.
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