- 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
- to affect with perversion.
- to lead astray morally.
- to turn away from the right course.
- to lead into mental error or false judgment.
- to turn to an improper use; misapply.
- to misconstrue or misinterpret, especially deliberately; distort: to pervert someone's statement.
- to bring to a less excellent state; vitiate; debase.
- Pathology. to change to what is unnatural or abnormal.
- to convert or persuade to a religious belief regarded as false or wrong.
Origin of pervert
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Examples from the Web for 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, they apply their respective power to accomplish wrong ends.
- deviating greatly from what is regarded as normal or right; distorted
- of or practising sexual perversion
- incorrectly interpreted
- to use wrongly or badly
- to interpret wrongly or badly; distort
- to lead into deviant or perverted beliefs or behaviour; corrupt
- to debase
- a person who practises sexual perversion
Word Origin and History for perverted
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.
- Deviating from what is considered normal or correct.
- Of, relating to, or practicing sexual perversion.