[ verb per-vurt; noun pur-vert ]
/ verb pərˈvɜrt; noun ˈpɜr vərt /

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. perverse,
  2. perversely,
  3. perversion,
  4. perversity,
  5. perversive,
  6. perverted,
  7. pervicacious,
  8. pervicaciously,
  9. pervious,
  10. pervouralsk

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


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 Formsperverter, 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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Word Origin and History for pervert
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