- 1Distortion or corruption of the original course, meaning, or state of something: the thing which most disturbed him was the perversion of language and truth [count noun]: a scandalous perversion of the lawMore example sentences
- Pure theory is too vulnerable to corruption and perversion at the hands of opportunists.
- Well, your Honours, the allegation was section 319 of the Crimes Act, perversion of the course of justice.
- When are the Chairman and governors of the BBC going to wake up their consciences and address this scandalous perversion of public service broadcasting?
- 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 nameMore example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: from Latin perversio(n-), from the verb pervertere 'turn about' (see pervert).