from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Deviating from what is considered right and correct.
  • adjective Of, relating to, or practicing sexual perversion.
  • adjective Marked by misinterpretation or distortion.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Misdirected; misapplied; corrupt; false.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective deviating from what is normally considered right, normal or correct
  • adjective of, relating to, or practicing unusual or "kinky" sex
  • adjective misrepresented, altered or distorted
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of pervert.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective (used of sexual behavior) showing or appealing to bizarre or deviant tastes
  • adjective having an intended meaning altered or misrepresented
  • adjective deviating from what is considered moral or right or proper or good


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  • "It had better be stated here and now at the outset that the perverted transcendentalism to which Mr S. Dedalus' (Div. Scep.) contentions would appear to prove him pretty badly addicted runs directly counter to accepted scientific methods."

    Joyce, Ulysses, 14

    January 22, 2007