per·​vert·​ed | \ pər-ˈvər-təd How to pronounce perverted (audio) \

Definition of perverted

1 : corrupt
2 : marked by perversion

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Other Words from perverted

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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Two things should dissuade us from such a perverted reading of scripture. Jonathan L. Walton, Time, "Why Authoritarians Love to Quote This Bible Passage," 22 June 2018 The first two follow women negotiating motherhood and an affair, respectively; the latter centers on what is essentially a perverted stay-at-home dad. Jason Kehe, WIRED, "Sci-Fi Invades Netflix—as They Both Invade Your Home," 9 July 2018 But much to her dismay and disgust, Facebook restrictions weren't enough to stop one perverted hacker. Kayla Keegan, Redbook, "Horrified Mom Discovers Her 8-Year-Old Daughter's Facebook Photos On A Porn Site," 6 May 2015 Apparently, nobody's safe from Kimmel's perverted wrath. Fox News, "Gorka: Instead of learning from 2016, the press doubled down," 6 Apr. 2018 What if the victims were not real, but instead figments of a perverted imagination? Mitchel Benson, sacbee, "Review: Cap Stages’ compelling ‘The Nether’ plays like a live-action episode of ‘Black Mirror’ | The Sacramento Bee," 31 Jan. 2018 To draw on the history of violence against black men just for being black, and to compare it to Bill’s perverted behavior, is vicious. Elizabeth Wellington,, "Please, Camille Cosby: I respectfully ask that you stop it | Elizabeth Wellington," 3 May 2018 Having 18 year old girls grab your crotch is creepy and perverted. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Kimmel, Hannity war of words hits new low after comedian mocks FLOTUS," 6 Apr. 2018 One morning, a conversation about what to order for breakfast took a perverted twist. CNN, "Preyed on by the powerful, silenced by complicity," 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of perverted

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of perverted

: having or showing sexual desires that are considered not normal or acceptable
: not considered normal or acceptable



Medical Definition of perverted

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

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