Dictionary.com

pervert

[ verb per-vurt; noun pur-vert ]
/ verb pərˈvɜrt; noun ˈpɜr vərt /
Save This Word!

verb (used with object)
noun
QUIZ
SPRINT TO THE FINISH WITH THIS OLYMPICS QUIZ!
Compete in our Olympics quiz to see if you can take home the gold medal in Olympics knowledge.
Question 1 of 10
Where was the Olympics first held?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

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

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use pervert in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pervert

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
to debase
noun (ˈpɜːvɜːt)
a person who practises sexual perversion

Derived forms of pervert

perverter, 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK