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

Definition of perverted

1 : corrupt
2 : marked by perversion

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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First Known Use of perverted

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Perverted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2022.

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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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