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pervert

[v. per-vurt; n. pur-vert] /v. pərˈvɜrt; n. ˈpɜr vərt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to affect with perversion.
2.
to lead astray morally.
3.
to turn away from the right course.
4.
to lead into mental error or false judgment.
5.
to turn to an improper use; misapply.
6.
to misconstrue or misinterpret, especially deliberately; distort:
to pervert someone's statement.
7.
to bring to a less excellent state; vitiate; debase.
8.
Pathology. to change to what is unnatural or abnormal.
9.
to convert or persuade to a religious belief regarded as false or wrong.
noun
10.
a person who practices sexual perversion.
11.
Pathology. a person affected with perversion.
12.
a person who has been perverted, especially to a religious belief regarded as erroneous.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; (v.) Middle English perverten < Latin pervertere to overturn, subvert, equivalent to per- per- + vertere to turn; (noun) noun use of obsolete pervert perverted
Related forms
perverter, noun
pervertible, adjective
pervertibility, noun
pervertibly, adverb
nonpervertible, adjective
Synonyms
2. seduce, corrupt, demoralize. 3. divert. 4. mislead, misguide. 7. pollute, defile; impair, degrade.
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British Dictionary definitions for pervert

pervert

verb (transitive) (pəˈvɜːt)
1.
to use wrongly or badly
2.
to interpret wrongly or badly; distort
3.
to lead into deviant or perverted beliefs or behaviour; corrupt
4.
to debase
noun (ˈpɜːvɜːt)
5.
a person who practises sexual perversion
Derived Forms
perverter, noun
pervertible, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French pervertir, from Latin pervertere to turn the wrong way, from per- (indicating deviation) + vertere to turn
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Word Origin and History for pervert
v.

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.

n.

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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