[ per-vur-zhuh n, -shuh n ]
/ pərˈvɜr ʒən, -ʃən /


the act of perverting.
the state of being perverted.
a perverted form of something.
any of various means of obtaining sexual gratification that are generally regarded as being abnormal.
Pathology. a change to what is unnatural or abnormal: a perversion of function or structure.

Origin of perversion

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin perversiōn- (stem of perversiō). See perverse, -ion

Related forms

non·per·ver·sion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for perversion


/ (pəˈvɜːʃən) /


any abnormal means of obtaining sexual satisfaction
the act of perverting or the state of being perverted
a perverted form or usage
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Medicine definitions for perversion


[ pər-vûrzhən ]


A practice or act, especially one that is sexual in nature, considered abnormal or deviant.
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