Definition of pervert in English:


Syllabification: per·vert


Pronunciation: /pərˈvərt
[with object]
  • 1Alter (something) from its original course, meaning, or state to a distortion or corruption of what was first intended: he was charged with conspiring to pervert the course of justice
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    • 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, corrupt, subvert, twist, bend, abuse, misapply, misuse, misrepresent, misinterpret, falsify
  • 1.1Lead (someone) away from what is considered right, 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, debase, warp, pollute, poison, deprave, debauch


Pronunciation: /ˈpərvərt
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  • 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.


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.

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