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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 perverter

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 perverter
pervert
c.1300 (trans.), "to turn someone aside from a right religious belief to a false or erroneous one," from O.Fr. pervertir, from L. pervertere "corrupt, turn the wrong way, turn about," from per- "away" + vertere "to turn" (see versus). The noun is 1661, from the verb. Replaced native froward, which embodies the same image. The noun is attested from 1661, "one who has forsaken a doctrine or system regarded as true, apostate;" psychological sense of "one who has a perversion of the sexual instinct" is attested from 1897 (Havelock Ellis), originally esp. of homosexuals. Perv, short for sexual pervert (n.), is first recorded 1944.
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