Pervert meaning

pər-vûrt
The definition of a pervert is a person with abnormal sexual behavior.

An example of a pervert is someone who peeks into his or her neighbor's bathroom.

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One who practices sexual perversion.
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Pervert is defined as to turn away from what is right or proper.

An example of pervert is to turn a fairy tale into a sick and twisted story.

verb
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(intransitive) To become perverted; to take the wrong course.

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To cause to turn away from what is right, proper, or good; debase.
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A perverted person; esp., a person who practices sexual perversion.
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To turn to an improper use; misuse.
verb
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To cause to turn from what is considered right, good, or true; misdirect; lead astray; corrupt.
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A person whose sexual habits are not considered acceptable.

Those perverts were trying to spy on us while we changed clothes!

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To bring into a worse condition; debase.
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To turn from truth, rectitude, or propriety; to divert from a right use, end, or way; to lead astray; to corrupt.
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(dated) One who has been perverted; one who has turned to error; one who has turned to a twisted sense of values or morals.
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To misapply; to misinterpret designedly.

Pervert one's words.

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To turn another way; to divert.
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To interpret incorrectly; misconstrue or distort.

An analysis that perverts the meaning of the poem.

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To change or misapply the meaning of; misinterpret; distort; twist.
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To corrupt (someone) morally.
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Origin of pervert

  • Middle English perverten from Old French pervertir from Latin pervertere per- per- vertere to turn wer-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French pervertir, itself from the Latin pervertō.

    From Wiktionary