• WordNet 3.6
    • v pervert change the inherent purpose or function of something "Don't abuse the system","The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers"
    • v pervert practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive "Don't twist my words"
    • v pervert corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality "debauch the young people with wine and women","Socrates was accused of corrupting young men","Do school counselors subvert young children?","corrupt the morals"
    • n pervert a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pervert One who has been perverted; one who has turned to error, especially in religion; -- opposed to convert. See the Synonym of Convert. "That notorious pervert , Henry of Navarre."
    • v. i Pervert To become perverted; to take the wrong course.
    • Pervert 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; as, to pervert one's words. "He, in the serpent, had perverted Eve."
    • Pervert To turnanother way; to divert. "Let's follow him, and pervert the present wrath."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pervert To turn aside; turn another way; avert.
    • pervert To turn from truth, from propriety, or from its proper purpose; distort from its use or end; misinterpret wilfully.
    • pervert To turn from right opinions or right conduct; corrupt.
    • pervert To perform the geometrical operation of perversion upon (any figure).
    • pervert To turn aside from the right course, way, etc.; take a wrong course; become corrupt or corrupted.
    • pervert To become a pervert or turncoat.
    • n pervert One who has turned aside from the right way; one who has apostatized or turned to error. Compare 'vert.
    • n pervert Synonyms Neophyte, Proselyte, etc. See convert.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Pervert per-vėrt′ to turn wrong or from the right course: to change from its true use: to corrupt: to turn from truth or virtue
    • v.i Pervert to go wrong or out of the right course
    • n Pervert (per′vert) one who has changed from a former position: an apostate
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  • Tryon Edwards
    “Facts are God's arguments; we should be careful never to misunderstand or pervert them.”
  • Bible
    “A gift blinds the wise and perverts the words of the righteous.”
  • Denis Diderot
    “It is not human nature we should accuse but the despicable conventions that pervert it.”
  • Jean De La Bruyere
    “Avoid lawsuits beyond all things; they pervert your conscience, impair your health, and dissipate your property.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “All things tend to corrupt perverted minds.”
  • Helen Keller
    “As selfishness and complaint pervert and cloud the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. pervertir, L. pervertere, perversum,; per + vertere, to turn. See Per-, and Verse


In literature:

It was all wrong and perverted.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 4 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
Why have the Daevas-worshippers perverted the truth and gone astray from the right path?
"The Worlds Greatest Books, Volume XIII." by Various
This freedom, if rightly exercised, is a noble possession, but, perverted, it is an instrument of destruction.
"Exposition of the Apostles Creed" by James Dodds
By a systematic training the whole German people were perverted.
"Have faith in Massachusetts; 2d ed." by Calvin Coolidge
To use them as the Masons do is to pervert and profane them.
"Secret Societies" by David MacDill, Jonathan Blanchard, and Edward Beecher
He is a satirist, a sort of perverted and suffering idealist: an idealist with the cynic's vision.
"The Art of Letters" by Robert Lynd
She is trying to pervert my principles.
"Lippincott's Magazine. Vol. XII, No. 33. December, 1873." by Various
Modern prostitution is rendered possible chiefly through the action of this perverted principle.
"Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic" by Sidney L. Gulick
Thus "justice" was perverted to the vile ends of the conscienceless scoundrels who posed as "officers of the law.
"The Old Franciscan Missions Of California" by George Wharton James
Like other ordinances, it hath been often grievously abused, and perverted to the most unworthy purposes.
"The Divine Right of Church Government" by Sundry Ministers Of Christ Within The City Of London

In poetry:

When age comes on, he'll labour to divert
Thy thoughts from God, and penitence sincere,
And ev'ry purpose of thy soul pervert
To muck-worm avarice and worldly care.
"Advice, To Guard Against The Temptations Of The Devil " by Rees Prichard
Scorn'd be the wretch that quits his genial bowl,
His loves, his friendships, even his self resigns;
Perverts the sacred instinct of his soul,
And to a ducat's dirty sphere confines.
"Elegy IX. He Describes His Disinterestedness to a Friend" by William Shenstone
Yet, not perverted, would my words imply
The impulse given by Heaven's great Artisan
Alike to man and worm, mere spring, whereby
The distant wheels of life, while time endures, roll on:
"Description Of Egla" by Maria Gowen Brooks
If father, if mother, if daughter, if son,
If houses, if lands, if the wife of thy love —
Shou'd strive to pervert thee — by no means be won
Thy faith, and thy zeal towards Christ to remove.
"We Must Cleave To Christ, Without Suffering Any Thing To Turn Us Away From Him" by Rees Prichard
The power that lies in perfect speech
Dwells with the few who only reach
That art through toil and care;
A faulty tongue perverts the ear,
Destroys the sense, augments the fear,
And feeds on empty air.
"The Five Senses" by Jared Barhite
In these bless'd French perverted days,
Whan virtue's blam'd and vice gets praise,
And folk wi' words are sae bit.
Nae wonder sober stands for fou, And drinkers roar out while they spew,
'Virtus Tandem Vicebat.'
"To The Members Of The Sober Society; Sent To The Same With An Engraving" by Hector MacNeill

In news:

From Penn State to Rochdale Village, sexual perverts are casting a pall over sports that is having an impact on coaches, players and parents.
Sadly, perverts continue to abuse their access to children in sports, schools, scouting and church.
' Perverted ' penguins shocked biologist so much he hid results.
Get the App That'll Destroy Your Perverted Cell Phone Pics.
'The Perverted Team Is Being Eliminated'.
' Perverted Team,' Looming Lawsuits, Blocked Websites.
News / News Bites Were NBC's ethics perverted .
Luke Chrisco says he's not crazy or a pervert.
Until now, we had been assuming that the so-called "Perverted Stingray," who "photo bombed" some nice young women on vacation and created an internet sensation, was just happening by when the photo was snapped.
Southern Tier Mokah, a chocolate lover's wet dream hey, beer IS a liquid perverts.
Take back our government from the artful minority that is perverting the Constitution.
'Perverted' penguins shocked biologist so much he hid results.
Man the Japanese are such innovative, perverted geniuses.
New Yorkers shot back yesterday at Rep Peter King (R-Long Island), who called Jackson a “pervert,”.
He's really nice but, lately, he acts like a pervert.