perversion

noun
per·​ver·​sion | \pər-ˈvər-zhən, -shən\

Definition of perversion 

1 : the action of perverting : the condition of being perverted

2 : a perverted form especially : an aberrant sexual practice or interest especially when habitual

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Examples of perversion in a Sentence

They fought against perversion of the health-care system. claimed that rap and rock music were responsible for the perversion of the nation's young people

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The practice is known as rule by law, a perversion of what its practitioners like to claim is the rule of law. Fox News, "Hun Sen plays hardball to keep his grip on Cambodia," 31 July 2018 While that may provide a path to business success for a struggling media industry, some see it as a corporate perversion of a public good – the airwaves. Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor, "As news ownership consolidates, will local TV become more partisan?," 13 July 2018 Factory farming is a perversion of those values, and a movement away from factory farming is a return to those values. Amy Kaufman, Detroit Free Press, "‘Eating Animals’ documentary bites into meat industry," 24 June 2018 Everyone is friendly enough, and there's the right amount of perversion. Dan Savage, Chicago Reader, "What to do when someone horns in on all the action at the orgy," 23 May 2018 And that's a real perversion of what ought to happen. Ryan D'agostino, Esquire, "The Drugging of the American Boy," 27 Mar. 2014 Drag, to Charles, is about the perversion of our understanding of gender, and by extension, ourselves. Jenna Wortham, New York Times, "Is ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ the Most Radical Show on TV?," 24 Jan. 2018 This was serial misconduct and perversion on the part of Mr. Trump. Alex Shephard, New Republic, "Is Donald Trump’s #MeToo immunity coming to an end?," 11 Dec. 2017 Principled Christian leaders, including the National Association of Evangelicals and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, have rejected these perversions, in particular Trump’s refusal to help refugees. William Saletan, Slate Magazine, "How Trump is warping Christianity for his own gain.," 3 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of perversion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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perversion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of perversion

: sexual behavior that people think is not normal or natural

: something that improperly changes something good

: the process of improperly changing something that is good

perversion

noun
per·​ver·​sion | \pər-ˈvər-zhən, -shən \

Medical Definition of perversion 

1 : the action of perverting or the condition of being perverted

2 : an aberrant sexual practice or interest especially when habitual

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