[ verb per-vurt; noun pur-vert ]
/ verb pərˈvɜrt; noun ˈpɜr vərt /
verb (used with object)
to affect with perversion.
to lead astray morally.
to turn away from the right course.
to lead into mental error or false judgment.
to turn to an improper use; misapply.
to misconstrue or misinterpret, especially deliberately; distort: to pervert someone's statement.
to bring to a less excellent state; vitiate; debase.
Pathology. to change to what is unnatural or abnormal.
to convert or persuade to a religious belief regarded as false or wrong.
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM pervert
per·vert·er, nounper·vert·i·ble, adjectiveper·vert·i·bil·i·ty, nounper·vert·i·bly, adverb
Words nearby pervert
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In keeping with the raucous nature of his tabloid scandal, one person shouted “Pervert!”
British Dictionary definitions for pervert
verb (pəˈvɜːt) (tr)
to use wrongly or badly
to interpret wrongly or badly; distort
to lead into deviant or perverted beliefs or behaviour; corrupt
a person who practises sexual perversion
Derived forms of pervertperverter, nounpervertible, adjective
Word Origin for pervert
C14: from Old French pervertir, from Latin pervertere to turn the wrong way, from per- (indicating deviation) + vertere to turn
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