from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause to turn away from what is right, proper, or good; corrupt.
- transitive v. To bring to a bad or worse condition; debase.
- transitive v. To put to a wrong or improper use; misuse. See Synonyms at corrupt.
- transitive v. To interpret incorrectly; misconstrue or distort: an analysis that perverts the meaning of the poem.
- n. One who practices sexual perversion.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who has been perverted; one who has turned to error; one who has turned to a twisted sense of values or morals.
- n. A sexually perverted person.
- v. To turn another way; to divert.
- v. To turn from truth, rectitude, or propriety; to divert from a right use, end, or way; to lead astray; to corrupt
- v. To misapply; to misinterpret designedly.
- v. To become perverted; to take the wrong course.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To turnanother way; to divert.
- transitive v. 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.
- intransitive v. To become perverted; to take the wrong course.
- n. One who has been perverted; one who has turned to error, especially in religion; -- opposed to convert. See the Synonym of convert.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To turn aside; turn another way; avert.
- To turn from truth, from propriety, or from its proper purpose; distort from its use or end; misinterpret wilfully.
- To turn from right opinions or right conduct; corrupt.
- To perform the geometrical operation of perversion upon (any figure).
- To turn aside from the right course, way, etc.; take a wrong course; become corrupt or corrupted.
- To become a pervert or turncoat.
- n. One who has turned aside from the right way; one who has apostatized or turned to error. Compare 'vert.
- n. Synonyms Neophyte, Proselyte, etc. See convert.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. change the inherent purpose or function of something
- v. corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
- v. practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive
- n. a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior
Middle English perverten, from Old French pervertir, from Latin pervertere : per-, per- + vertere, to turn; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French pervertir, itself from the Latin pervertō (Wiktionary)