from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Deviating from what is considered right and correct: a perverted idea of justice.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or practicing sexual perversion.
  • adj. Marked by misinterpretation or distortion: a perverted translation of an epic poem.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Misdirected; misapplied; corrupt; false.

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

  • adj. (used of sexual behavior) showing or appealing to bizarre or deviant tastes
  • adj. having an intended meaning altered or misrepresented
  • adj. 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