per·​ver·​sion | \ pər-ˈvər-zhən How to pronounce perversion (audio) , -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

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
Recent Examples on the Web The result has been a perversion of the law’s original intention and a weaponization of NEPA from groups on both sides of the aisle. Brentan Alexander, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 The theory coalesced around this narrative: Q was alerting citizens of a global cabal of political leaders and celebrities who participated in trafficking children for reasons both of perversion and nutrition. Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic, 21 July 2022 Watergate ended with an overwhelming majority—including most congressional Republicans—rejecting Nixon’s lies and his perversion of justice. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 23 June 2022 In the world of Diablo, anything and everyone is susceptible to perversion. Gene Park, Washington Post, 14 June 2022 LaGanga’s son has been covertly harassing a fellow student and, with weird sadism, LaGanga manages to blame Gordon for the kid’s perversion. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 June 2022 Those Russians who are speaking out against the perversion of their country and their rights by the tyrant who calls himself their president are deserving of the same respect. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, 3 Mar. 2022 There’s a satisfying catharsis in The Boys’ perversion of classic comic superheroes. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 3 June 2022 All terrorism poses a threat, no matter what political agenda, ideological perversion, or mental instability inspires the consequent violence. The Editors, National Review, 19 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of perversion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Perversion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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per·​ver·​sion | \ pər-ˈvər-zhən, -shən How to pronounce perversion (audio) \

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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