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

Definition of perverted

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
Recent Examples on the Web 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 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

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First Known Use of perverted

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Perverted.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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