Definition of perversion in English:


Line breaks: per|ver¦sion
Pronunciation: /pəˈvəːʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
  • 2Sexual behaviour that is considered abnormal and unacceptable: his book revolutionized ideas about sexual perversion [count noun]: he indulged in most perversions you could care to name
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    • They have accused me of supporting the sin of sexual perversion.
    • In the revised Code, only sexual perversion and venereal disease remained totally forbidden.
    • It seemed to me royals were always in on some kind of scandal, partner swapping, infidelity, one sexual perversion after another.
    deviance, deviancy, deviation; unnaturalness, corruption, depravity, degeneracy, debauchery, vice, wickedness, immorality, aberration, abnormality, perversity, irregularity
    informal kinkiness


late Middle English: from Latin perversio(n-), from the verb pervertere 'turn about' (see pervert).

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