Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

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  • In Scotland, a man who is more interested in women than in drinking, according to Billy Connolly.

    March 10, 2009