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pervert

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verb per·vert \pər-ˈvərt\

Definition of pervert

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to cause to turn aside or away from what is good or true or morally right :  corrupt b :  to cause to turn aside or away from what is generally done or accepted :  misdirect

  3. 2 a :  to divert to a wrong end or purpose :  misuse b :  to twist the meaning or sense of :  misinterpret

perverter

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Examples of pervert in a sentence

  1. people who pervert their religion to support violence

  2. They perverted the truth to help further their careers.

  3. movies that pervert the minds of young people by glorifying violence

Origin and Etymology of pervert

Middle English, from Anglo-French purvertir, pervertir, from Latin pervertere to overturn, corrupt, pervert, from per- thoroughly + vertere to turn — more at per-, worth


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of pervert

debase, vitiate, deprave, corrupt, debauch, pervert mean to cause deterioration or lowering in quality or character. debase implies a loss of position, worth, value, or dignity <commercialism has debased the holiday>. vitiate implies a destruction of purity, validity, or effectiveness by allowing entrance of a fault or defect <a foreign policy vitiated by partisanship>. deprave implies moral deterioration by evil thoughts or influences <the claim that society is depraved by pornography>. corrupt implies loss of soundness, purity, or integrity <the belief that bureaucratese corrupts the language>. debauch implies a debasing through sensual indulgence <the long stay on a tropical isle had debauched the ship's crew>. pervert implies a twisting or distorting from what is natural or normal <perverted the original goals of the institute>.

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pervert

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noun per·vert \ˈpər-ˌvərt\

Definition of pervert

  1. :  one that has been perverted; specifically :  one given to some form of sexual perversion

Examples of pervert in a sentence

  1. <longtime residents warned us not to go near the neighborhood pervert>

Circa 1661

First Known Use of pervert

circa 1661


PERVERT Defined for English Language Learners

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pervert

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verb per·vert \pər-ˈvərt\

Definition of pervert for English Language Learners

  • : to change (something good) so that it is no longer what it was or should be

  • : to cause (a person or a person's mind) to become immoral or not normal


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pervert

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noun per·vert \ˈpər-ˌvərt\

Definition of pervert for English Language Learners

  • : a person whose sexual behavior is considered not normal or acceptable


Medical Dictionary

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pervert

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transitive verb per·vert \pər-ˈvərt\

Medical Definition of pervert

  1. :  to cause to engage in perversion or to become perverted


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pervert

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noun per·vert \ˈpər-ˌvərt\

Medical Definition of pervert

  1. :  one that has been perverted; specifically :  one given to some form of sexual perversion




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