[ per-vur-tid ]
/ pərˈvɜr tɪd /


Pathology. changed to or being of an unnatural or abnormal kind: a perverted interest in death.
turned from what is right; wicked; misguided; distorted.
affected with or caused by perversion.

Origin of perverted

First recorded in 1660–70; pervert + -ed2

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Definition for perverted (2 of 2)


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

verb (used with object)


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 perverted (1 of 2)


/ (pəˈvɜːtɪd) /


deviating greatly from what is regarded as normal or right; distorted
of or practising sexual perversion
incorrectly interpreted

Derived Forms

pervertedly, adverbpervertedness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for perverted (2 of 2)


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

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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Medicine definitions for perverted


[ pər-vûrtĭd ]


Deviating from what is considered normal or correct.
Of, relating to, or practicing sexual perversion.
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