pervert

verb
per·vert | \ pər-ˈvərt \
perverted; perverting; perverts

Definition of pervert 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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

2a : to divert to a wrong end or purpose : misuse

b : to twist the meaning or sense of : misinterpret

pervert

noun
per·vert | \ ˈpər-ˌvərt \

Definition of pervert (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Verb

perverter noun

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Verb

debase, vitiate, deprave, corrupt, debauch, pervert mean to cause deterioration or lowering in quality or character. debase implies a loss of position, worth, value, or dignity. commercialism has debased the holiday vitiate implies a destruction of purity, validity, or effectiveness by allowing entrance of a fault or defect. a foreign policy vitiated by partisanship deprave implies moral deterioration by evil thoughts or influences. the claim that society is depraved by pornography corrupt implies loss of soundness, purity, or integrity. the belief that bureaucratese corrupts the language debauch implies a debasing through sensual indulgence. the long stay on a tropical isle had debauched the ship's crew pervert implies a twisting or distorting from what is natural or normal. perverted the original goals of the institute

Examples of pervert in a Sentence

Verb

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

Noun

longtime residents warned us not to go near the neighborhood pervert
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The law was perverted and ignored and now, the Department of Justice and FBI are trying to cover it up by refusing to give over documents to Congress. Fox News, "Media take shots at Trump, Ivanka over Mideast violence," 15 May 2018 What perverted the system was a rule that began to allow cash to flow from manufacturers to the GPOs. Phillip L. Zweig And, WSJ, "Where Does the Law Against Kickbacks Not Apply? Your Hospital," 7 May 2018 The ruling party used all manner of dirty tricks to pervert the vote, but still lost. The Economist, "Politics this week," 10 May 2018 Williams said he's heard outrage from across the city, including from people who supported the power plant, about efforts to pervert the public process. Kevin Litten, NOLA.com, "Entergy confirms actors were paid to support New Orleans power plant, says it was unaware," 10 May 2018 But perverting the rules of the game, well, if such a rule change made its way to the major-league level… that’d rate as a big one. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: Finding the Yankees' Evil, Evaluating Ohtani's Woeful Spring and Ranking MLB Food Fest's Best Offerings," 25 Mar. 2018 Gray, of Sheffield, South Yorks., was charged with driving while disqualified, dangerous driving and committing an act with intent to pervert the course of justice. Fox News, "Renegade driver lost police during chase, but got caught when he called to report his car was stolen," 16 Apr. 2018 While interviewing, King heard the tale of another horrific story of justice perverted, and he was hooked. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Pulitzer-winning author Gilbert King releasing second book detailing injustice in Lake County," 14 Apr. 2018 The tools of forensic analysis can easily be perverted. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Forensics Helps Widen Architecture’s Mission," 6 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Maybe nature is strong enough to withstand its perverts. William Saletan, WSJ, "‘She Has Her Mother’s Laugh’ Review: Biology’s Strange New World," 28 June 2018 The Rebel While activists in the ’60s battled the pernicious misconception that gay men were depraved perverts, John Waters fell in love with it. New York Times, "Gaysploitation Upends the Stereotypes That Make Us Wince," 1 June 2018 Limiting the number of victims going forward is the only way to pull a crumb of positivity from a shameful conspiracy of institutions and silence enabling a pervert’s destructive desires. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Stopping the next Larry Nassar | The Kansas City Star," 24 Jan. 2018 The bit continues poking fun at the production side of the show, with the pervert even getting make up and testing different lines. Allison Crist, Billboard, "Watch Tina Fey Navigate Star-Studded Audience in 'SNL' Hosting Return," 20 May 2018 And more importantly, the only people who actually drink out of flasks are teens at high school football games and perverts. Yang-yi Goh, GQ, "15 Groomsmen Gifts Your Friends Will Actually Appreciate," 31 May 2018 According to The Guardian, Juan Carlos said the topic came up because some Chilean bishops reportedly accused him of lying about his abuse, and attempted to paint him as a pervert. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Pope Francis Reportedly Told a Gay Man “God Made You Like This”," 21 May 2018 One need only practice pelvic tilts and butt lifts in front of a full-length mirror to see that, at the very least, people would give you strange looks and, at the most extreme, someone might dial 911 to report a pervert. Marcy Meffert, San Antonio Express-News, "The waiting is the hardest part," 11 May 2018 Once shunned as a pervert, Muruganantham is now celebrated as a visionary. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "New Bollywood Movie Pad Man Is Breaking Taboos Surrounding Menstruation," 7 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of pervert

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1501, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pervert

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French purvertir, pervertir, from Latin pervertere to overturn, corrupt, pervert, from per- thoroughly + vertere to turn — more at per-, worth

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Phrases Related to pervert

pervert justice

pervert the course of justice

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More Definitions for pervert

pervert

verb

English Language Learners Definition of pervert

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

pervert

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pervert (Entry 2 of 2)

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

pervert

transitive verb
per·vert | \ pər-ˈvərt \

Medical Definition of pervert 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: to cause to engage in perversion or to become perverted

pervert

noun
per·vert | \ ˈpər-ˌvərt \

Medical Definition of pervert (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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