pervert

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French pervertir, itself from the Latin pervertō.

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Noun[edit]

pervert (plural perverts)

  1. (dated) One who has been perverted; one who has turned to error; one who has turned to a twisted sense of values or morals.
  2. A person whose sexual habits are not considered acceptable.
    Synonym: (slang) perv
    Antonyms: normophile, (religious) convert
    Those perverts were trying to spy on us while we changed clothes!

Usage notes[edit]

  • In contemporary usage, pervert is usually understood to refer to a sexually perverted person. Traditionally the word was mainly associated with persons of false religious beliefs.

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Verb[edit]

pervert (third-person singular simple present perverts, present participle perverting, simple past and past participle perverted)

  1. (transitive) To turn another way; to divert.
    Synonyms: divert, steer, veer
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, Cymbeline:
      Let's follow him, and pervert the present wrath.
  2. (transitive) To corrupt; to cause to be untrue; corrupted or otherwise impure
    Synonyms: corrupt, lead astray
    How could stopping someone from killing himself or herself "pervert the course of justice"?
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost:
      He, in the serpent, had perverted Eve.
    • 2004 April 15, “Morning swoop in hunt for Jodi's killer”, in The Scotsman[1]:
      A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police said: "We can confirm that a 15-year-old boy has been arrested and charged in connection with the murder of Jodi Jones. A 45-year-old has also been arrested in connection with allegations of attempting to pervert the course of justice. A report on this has been sent to the procurator fiscal."
  3. To misapply, misuse, use for a nefarious purpose
    Synonyms: misapply, misuse
    He has perverted his talents to dishonest gain.
  4. to misinterpret designedly.
    Synonym: twist
    pervert one's words
  5. (intransitive) To become perverted; to take the wrong course.
    • c. 1384, Thomas Usk, The Testament of Love
      After that worde, "better is it to dey than lyve false," and al wolde perverted people false reporte make

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Etymology[edit]

From the Latin verb pervertere "to overturn" or "to subvert".

Noun[edit]

pervert f

  1. a pervert

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