per·​vert·​ed pər-ˈvər-təd How to pronounce perverted (audio)
: marked by perversion
pervertedly adverb
pervertedness noun

Examples of perverted in a Sentence

He took a perverted pleasure in watching them suffer. the perverted values of a society that had taken permissiveness to the extreme
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of perverted was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Perverted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


per·​vert·​ed pər-ˈvərt-əd How to pronounce perverted (audio)
: marked by perversion

Medical Definition


: marked by abnormality or perversion
perverted pancreatic function
relieve concepts or fears of perverted sexual interestW. H. Masters & V. E. Johnson

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