verb (used with object)
to lead astray morally.
to turn away from the right course.
to lead into mental error or false judgment.
to turn to an improper use; misapply.
to misconstrue or misinterpret, especially deliberately; distort:
to pervert someone's statement.
to bring to a less excellent state; vitiate; debase.
Pathology. to change to what is unnatural or abnormal.
to convert or persuade to a religious belief regarded as false or wrong.
(v.) Middle English perverten
< Latin pervertere
to overturn, subvert, equivalent to per- per-
to turn; (noun) noun use of obsolete pervert
perverter, nounpervertible, adjectivepervertibility, nounpervertibly, adverbnonpervertible, adjective
seduce, corrupt, demoralize. 3.
mislead, misguide. 7.
pollute, defile; impair, degrade.