Origin of perverted
verb (used with object)
Origin of pervert
Synonyms for pervert
Related Words for pervertedcorrupted, deviating, queer, distorted, corrupt, debased, twisted, tainted, vitiate, sick, misguided, debauched, defiled, impaired, abandoned, depraved, warped, polluted, contorted, misused
Examples from the Web for perverted
Historical Examples of perverted
Perverted, it manifests as superstition, credulity and "psychism."The Psychology of Salesmanship
William Walker Atkinson
But here is the promised extract from the sermon on “A Perverted Conscience.”French Classics
William Cleaver Wilkinson
Perverted, it spoils children by excessive fondness, pampering, and humoring.
Perverted, it produces gormandizing and gluttony, and ends in dyspepsia and all its evils.
Perverted, it makes one do wrong from conscientious scruples, and torments with undue self-condemnation.
verb (pəˈvɜːt) (tr)
Word Origin for pervert
1660s, "turned from the right way," past participle adjective from pervert (v.). With implied sexual sense by 1897.
c.1300 (transitive), "to turn someone aside from a right religious belief to a false or erroneous one," from Old French pervertir "pervert, undo, destroy" (12c.) and directly from Latin pervertere "overthrow, overturn," figuratively "to corrupt, subvert, abuse," literally "turn the wrong way, turn about," from per- "away" (see per) + vertere "to turn" (see versus).
Related: Perverted; perverting. Replaced native froward, which embodies the same image. Old English had mishweorfed "perverted, inverted," an identical formation to the Latin word using native elements.
1660s, "one who has forsaken a doctrine or system regarded as true, apostate," from pervert (v.). Psychological sense of "one who has a perversion of the sexual instinct" is attested from 1897 (Havelock Ellis), originally especially of homosexuals.