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Definition of perverted

2 : marked by perversion

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Other Words from perverted

pervertedly adverb
pervertedness noun

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He took a perverted pleasure in watching them suffer. the perverted values of a society that had taken permissiveness to the extreme
Recent Examples on the Web Many of us, perhaps sheepishly, or simply selfishly, quite like the perverted freedoms enabled by a sophisticated division of labor. Harrison Stetler, The New York Review of Books, "‘Collapsologie’: Constructing an Idea of How Things Fall Apart," 21 Jan. 2020 Providing a territorial solution in the form of a new state might also create a perverted incentive, given that territorial entities are the sites of resource – and patronage. Yonatan Fessha, Quartz Africa, "Ethiopia’s Sidama people have voted for their own state, a turning point for an uncertain federalism," 4 Dec. 2019 Nor is the spread the only form of perverted or deformed language in The Topeka School. Christine Smallwood, Harper's magazine, "Novel, Essay, Poem," 16 Sep. 2019 To preserve this perverted state of affairs, a gap between what is said and what is felt must be actively cultivated. Tim Parks, Harper's magazine, "Murder Italian Style," 19 Aug. 2019 Terror, Billy’s perverted dog in the comics, will also be coming out of retirement, if only for one big episode. Nick Romano,, "The Boys season 2 gets a blood-soaked first look: 'We're up to our old tricks'," 10 Aug. 2019 Manson had been vaguely associated with the California counterculture, though the cult leader twisted those ideas to fit his own perverted ends. Alejandro De La Garza, Time, "The True Story Behind Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood," 26 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of perverted

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Perverted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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