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Definitions for pervert
pərˈvɜrt; ˈpɜr vərtper·vert

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pervert, deviant, deviate, degenerateverb

    a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior

  2. corrupt, pervert, subvert, demoralize, demoralise, debauch, debase, profane, vitiate, deprave, misdirectverb

    corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality

    "debauch the young people with wine and women"; "Socrates was accused of corrupting young men"; "Do school counselors subvert young children?"; "corrupt the morals"

  3. twist, twist around, pervert, convolute, sophisticateverb

    practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive

    "Don't twist my words"

  4. pervert, misuse, abuseverb

    change the inherent purpose or function of something

    "Don't abuse the system"; "The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers"


  1. pervertnoun

    One who has been perverted; one who has turned to error; one who has turned to a twisted sense of values or morals.

  2. pervertnoun

    A sexually perverted person.

  3. pervertverb

    To turn another way; to divert.

  4. pervertverb

    To turn from truth, rectitude, or propriety; to divert from a right use, end, or way; to lead astray; to corrupt

  5. pervertverb

    To misapply; to misinterpret designedly.

    pervert one's words

  6. pervertverb

    To become perverted; to take the wrong course.

  7. Etymology: From pervertir, itself from the perverto

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To PERVERTverb

    Etymology: perverto, Lat. pervertir, Fr.

    Instead of good they may work ill, and pervert justice to extreme injustice. Edmund Spenser, State of Ireland.

    If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of justice in a province, marvel not. Ecclus. v. 8.

    If then his providence
    Out of our evil seek to bring forth good,
    Our labour must be to pervert that end,
    And out of good still to find means of evil. John Milton.

    He has perverted my meaning by his glosses; and interpreted my words into blasphemy, of which they were not guilty. Dryden.

    Porphyry has wrote a volume to explain this cave of the nymphs with more piety than judgment; and another person has perverted it into obscenity; and both allegorically. William Broome.

    The heinous and despiteful act
    Of Satan, done in Paradise, and how
    He in the serpent had perverted Eve,
    Her husband she, to taste the fatal fruit,
    Was known in heav’n. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pervertverb

    to turnanother way; to divert

  2. Pervertverb

    to turn from truth, rectitude, or propriety; to divert from a right use, end, or way; to lead astray; to corrupt; also, to misapply; to misinterpret designedly; as, to pervert one's words

  3. Pervertverb

    to become perverted; to take the wrong course

  4. Pervertnoun

    one who has been perverted; one who has turned to error, especially in religion; -- opposed to convert. See the Synonym of Convert

  5. Etymology: [F. pervertir, L. pervertere, perversum; per + vertere to turn. See Per-, and Verse.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pervert

    per-vėrt′, v.t. to turn wrong or from the right course: to change from its true use: to corrupt: to turn from truth or virtue.—v.i. to go wrong or out of the right course.—n. (per′vert) one who has changed from a former position: an apostate.—ns. Perver′sion, the act of perverting: a diverting from the true object: a turning from truth or propriety: misapplication; Pervert′er.—adj. Pervert′ible, able to be perverted. [Fr. pervertir—L. pervertĕreper, thoroughly, vertĕre, versum, to turn.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pervert in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pervert in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of pervert in a Sentence

  1. Tench Coxe:

    As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow-citizens, the people are confirmed by the next article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.

  2. F. Scott Fitzgerald:

    Either you think -- or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.

  3. Robert Jeffress:

    I believe as long as students had equal access to the room it’s not a First Amendment issue, i believe we really as conservatives need to be careful that we don’t pervert the First Amendment like liberals do to use it for their own agenda.

  4. Amanda Bouldin:

    No disrespect, but your nipple would be the last one I would want to see ... You want to turn our family beach's into a pervert show.

  5. Rose Dickinson:

    The government's plans pervert the planning process and could make England's landscape a wild west for whatever cowboy wants to start drilling and digging up our countryside.

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