[ per-vur-zhuhn, -shuhn ]
See synonyms for perversion on
  1. the act of perverting.

  2. the state of being perverted.

  1. a perverted form of something.

  2. any of various means of obtaining sexual gratification that are generally regarded as being abnormal.

  3. 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

Other words from perversion

  • non·per·ver·sion, noun

Words Nearby perversion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use perversion in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for perversion


/ (pəˈvɜːʃən) /

  1. any abnormal means of obtaining sexual satisfaction

  2. the act of perverting or the state of being perverted

  1. a perverted form or usage

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