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Definition of pervert in English:


Pronunciation: /pəˈvəːt
[with object]
1Distort or corrupt the original course, meaning, or state of (something): he was charged with conspiring to pervert the course of justice
More example sentences
  • I was arrested on suspicion of corruption and perverting the course of justice.
  • A high ranking police officer admitted to a court today that he is under investigation for attempting to pervert the course of justice and misconduct.
  • He does this by distorting and perverting our work and our intentions.
distort, warp, corrupt, subvert, twist, bend, abuse, divert, deflect, misapply, misuse, misrepresent, misinterpret, misconstrue, falsify, garble
2Lead (someone) away from what is considered natural or acceptable: Hector is a man who is simply perverted by his time
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  • For an article to pervert someone from contemporary moral standards it must, either explicitly or implicitly, be persuasive in its effect.
  • Ignorance perverts people and leads to wasted, counterproductive lives.
  • Alas his sojourn into being an op/ed columnist has totally perverted him.
corrupt, lead astray, deprave, make degenerate, debauch, debase, warp, vitiate, pollute, poison, contaminate
archaic demoralize
2.1 (as adjective perverted) Sexually abnormal and unacceptable: he whispered perverted obscenities
unnatural, deviant, warped, corrupt, twisted, abnormal, unhealthy, depraved, perverse, aberrant, distorted, immoral, corrupted, debauched, debased, degenerate, sadistic, evil, wicked, vile, amoral, rotten, wrong, bad
informal sick, kinky, pervy, sicko


Pronunciation: /ˈpəːvəːt
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A person whose sexual behaviour is regarded as abnormal and unacceptable.
deviant, degenerate, debauchee, perverted person, depraved person
informal perv, perve, dirty old man, sicko, weirdo


late Middle English (as a verb): from Old French pervertir, from Latin pervertere, from per- 'thoroughly, to ill effect' + vertere 'to turn'. The current noun sense dates from the late 19th century.



Example sentences
  • Is it just me or could someone take that pervertedly?
  • His connection with the bears wasn't just about ecology or respect, it was deeply and possibly pervertedly spiritual.


Pronunciation: /-ˈvəːtə/
Example sentences
  • When will the administration finally bestir itself to fight these perverters of our democratic system?
  • In the past, it would certainly have refused such an agenda, dismissing him as a perverter of the cause.
  • Meanwhile, out of fear, the ‘Great and Good’ bow before the perverter of decent standards.

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