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Middle English perverten from Old French pervertir from Latin pervertere per- per- vertere to turn wer-2 in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Old French pervertir, itself from the Latin pervertō.
Wealth, popularity and power tend to dethrone the authority of reason and to pervert the soul from the natural to the artificial.
That interpretation does not pervert or bend the words of the decision.
Now I feel like a proper dirty old pervert.
Feeling like 20 kinds of pervert for doing it, he hoped to at least be spared undressing her further.
Polycarp, for instance, speaks of " those who pervert the oracles of the Lord " (Philipp. 7), and Papias, as Eusebius tells us, wrote a work with the title " Expositions of the Oracles 6f the Lord."
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