AskDefine | Define pervert

Dictionary Definition

pervert n : a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior [syn: deviant, deviate, degenerate]


1 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" [syn: corrupt, subvert, demoralize, demoralise, debauch, debase, profane, vitiate, deprave, misdirect]
2 practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive [syn: twist, twist around, convolute, sophisticate]
3 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" [syn: misuse, abuse]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (noun):
    • (RP): /ˈpɜːvɜːt/, /"p3:v3:t/
    • (US): /ˈpɝvɝt/, /"p3`v3`t/
  • (verb):
    • (RP): /pəˈvɜːt/, /p@"v3:t/
    • (US): /pɚˈvɝt/, /p@`"v3`t/
    Rhymes: -ɜː(r)t


  1. One who has been perverted; one who has turned to error; one who has turned to a twisted sense of values or morals.
  2. A sexually perverted person.

Usage notes

  • In contemporary usage, pervert is usually understood to refer to a sexually perverted person. Traditionally the word was mainly associated with persons of false religious beliefs.




one who has turned to error
sexually perverted person
Translations to be checked


  1. To turn another way; to divert.
  2. To turn from truth, rectitude, or propriety; to divert from a right use, end, or way; to lead astray; to corrupt
    pervert the course of justice
  3. To misapply; to misinterpret designedly.
    pervert one's words
  4. To become perverted; to take the wrong course.




From the verb pervertere "to overturn" or "to subvert".


  1. a pervert


Extensive Definition

Perversion is a term and concept describing those types of human behavior that are perceived to be a serious deviation from what is considered to be orthodox or normal. Although it can refer to varying forms of deviation, it is most often used to describe sexual behaviors that are seen as abnormal or excessive. Perversion differs from deviant behavior, since the latter refers to a recognized violation of social rules or norms (although the two terms can apply to the same thing). It is often considered derogatory and in psychological literature the term paraphilia is now used instead, though this term is controversial.
The concept of perversion is somewhat subjective However, homosexuality is no longer treated as a disorder in mainstream psychiatry (see Homosexuality and psychology).
The verb pervert is less narrow in reference than the related nouns, and may be used with no sexual connotations. One might say, for example, that a modern film version of Romeo and Juliet "perverts" Shakespeare's version of the story.
The noun sometimes occurs in abbreviated slang form as "perv", and the adjective "pervy" also occurs. Both are often, but not exclusively, used non-seriously.


pervert in Danish: Perversion
pervert in German: Perversion
pervert in French: Perversion
pervert in Italian: Perversione
pervert in Portuguese: Perversão
pervert in Russian: Извращение
pervert in Swedish: Perversion

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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