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[verb per-vurt; noun pur-vert] /verb pərˈvɜrt; noun ˈpɜr vərt/

verb (used with object)
to affect with .
to lead astray morally.
to turn away from the right course.
to lead into mental error or false judgment.
to turn to an improper use; misapply.
to misconstrue or misinterpret, especially deliberately; distort:
to pervert someone’s statement.
to bring to a less excellent state; vitiate; debase.
Pathology. to change to what is unnatural or abnormal.
to convert or persuade to a religious belief regarded as false or wrong.
a person who practices sexual .
Pathology. a person affected with .
a person who has been , especially to a religious belief regarded as erroneous.
verb (transitive) (pəˈvɜːt)
to use wrongly or badly
to interpret wrongly or badly; distort
to lead into deviant or perverted beliefs or behaviour; corrupt
to debase
noun (ˈpɜːvɜːt)
a person who practises sexual perversion

c.1300 (transitive), “to turn someone aside from a right religious belief to a false or erroneous one,” from Old French pervertir “pervert, undo, destroy” (12c.) and directly from Latin pervertere “overthrow, overturn,” figuratively “to corrupt, subvert, abuse,” literally “turn the wrong way, turn about,” from per- “away” (see per) + vertere “to turn” (see versus).

Related: Perverted; perverting. Replaced native froward, which embodies the same image. Old English had mishweorfed “perverted, inverted,” an identical formation to the Latin word using native elements.

1660s, “one who has forsaken a doctrine or system regarded as true, apostate,” from pervert (v.). Psychological sense of “one who has a perversion of the sexual instinct” is attested from 1897 (Havelock Ellis), originally especially of homosexuals.


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