Origin of perverted
verb (used with object)
Origin of pervert
Examples from the Web for perverted
Perverted, they apply their respective power to accomplish wrong ends.
Perverted symmetry of style is found in euphuistic hacks like Pettie.
Perverted, is too redundant in proverbs, fables, and figures of speech.
Perverted, it creates a cosmopolitic disposition, and would spend every thing in traveling.
Perverted, it produces gormandizing and gluttony, and ends in dyspepsia and all its evils.
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.