Definition of pervert in English:

pervert

Syllabification: per·vert

verb

Pronunciation: /pərˈvərt
 
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[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
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.
Synonyms
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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
corrupt, lead astray, debase, warp, pollute, poison, deprave, debauch

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈpərvərt
 
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A person whose sexual behavior is regarded as abnormal and unacceptable.
Synonyms
deviant, degenerate

Origin

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.

Derivatives

perverter

noun
More 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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