pervert

verb
per·​vert | \ pər-ˈvərt How to pronounce pervert (audio) \
perverted; perverting; perverts

Definition of pervert

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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
2a : to divert to a wrong end or purpose : misuse
b : to twist the meaning or sense of : misinterpret

pervert

noun
per·​vert | \ ˈpər-ˌvərt How to pronounce pervert (audio) \

Definition of pervert (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from pervert

Verb

perverter noun

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Verb

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

Examples of pervert in a Sentence

Verb people who pervert their religion to support violence They perverted the truth to help further their careers. movies that pervert the minds of young people by glorifying violence Noun longtime residents warned us not to go near the neighborhood pervert
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Most presidents won't pervert the conduct of their office the way Trump did. Star Tribune, 23 Jan. 2021 The Gettysburg gambit is just his latest attempt to appropriate American history and symbology and pervert it to suit his ends. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2020 But then Kaepernick’s message, as messages often do, became perverted into a debate that had nothing to do with his point. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, 6 June 2020 McNeil isn’t oblivious to the dark side of lurking, the way certain corners of the internet study discourses to mimic, troll, or pervert them. Adrian Daub, The New Republic, 13 Apr. 2020 The first protests soon erupted, with many people believing Babis was perverting the legal system to protect himself. Marc Santora, BostonGlobe.com, 23 June 2019 And the celebrity perverts make lame art that’s honestly missable. Evan Waite, The New Yorker, 20 Feb. 2020 The first protests soon erupted, with many people believing Mr. Babis was perverting the legal system to protect himself. New York Times, 23 June 2019 Hayden-Johnson pleaded guilty in 2009 to child cruelty and perverting the course of justice. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, 2 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Faxe the Foreteller centers an amazing scene, in a high hall, surrounded by eight other proleptic figures, two of them being quite insane and one a curious male pervert. Harold Bloom, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2020 The chief barged into the police interrogation room where the man, handcuffed to the floor, called him a pervert. New York Times, 17 Dec. 2019 Joe also totally kills the pervert (Chris D'Elia) who abused Delilah and who came this close to abusing Ellie. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, 26 Dec. 2019 Brazil is the virgin that every foreign pervert wants to get their hands on. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 25 Sep. 2019 Others were perverts and criminals, their sense of power engorged by their victims’ weakness. Stephen Galloway, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Aug. 2019 More: Michigan priest: 'I was made to look like a pervert' by the Saginaw diocese. Andrea Perez Balderrama, Detroit Free Press, 22 Aug. 2019 My cousin takes down this pervert down for grabbing her a--. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, 19 July 2018 Maybe nature is strong enough to withstand its perverts. William Saletan, WSJ, 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of pervert

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1501, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pervert

Verb

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

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The first known use of pervert was in the 14th century

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“Pervert.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pervert. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for pervert

pervert

verb

English Language Learners Definition of pervert

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

pervert

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pervert (Entry 2 of 2)

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

pervert

transitive verb
per·​vert | \ pər-ˈvərt How to pronounce pervert (audio) \

Medical Definition of pervert

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cause to engage in perversion or to become perverted

pervert

noun
per·​vert | \ ˈpər-ˌvərt How to pronounce pervert (audio) \

Medical Definition of pervert (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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