verb per·vert \pər-ˈvərt\

: to change (something good) so that it is no longer what it was or should be

: to cause (a person or a person's mind) to become immoral or not normal

Full Definition of PERVERT

transitive verb
a :  to cause to turn aside or away from what is good or true or morally right :  corrupt
b :  to cause to turn aside or away from what is generally done or accepted :  misdirect
a :  to divert to a wrong end or purpose :  misuse
b :  to twist the meaning or sense of :  misinterpret
per·vert·er noun

Examples of PERVERT

  1. people who pervert their religion to support violence
  2. They perverted the truth to help further their careers.
  3. movies that pervert the minds of young people by glorifying violence

Origin of PERVERT

Middle English, from Anglo-French purvertir, pervertir, from Latin pervertere to overturn, corrupt, pervert, from per- thoroughly + vertere to turn — more at per-, worth
First Known Use: 14th century


noun per·vert \ˈpər-ˌvərt\

: a person whose sexual behavior is considered not normal or acceptable

Full Definition of PERVERT

:  one that has been perverted; specifically :  one given to some form of sexual perversion

Examples of PERVERT

  1. <longtime residents warned us not to go near the neighborhood pervert>

First Known Use of PERVERT

circa 1661

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