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pervert

[ verb per-vurt; noun pur-vert ]
/ verb pərˈvɜrt; noun ˈpɜr vərt /
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verb (used with object)
noun
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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

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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
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