pervert

A pervert is a person who doesn't behave normally, often when it comes to sex: perverts pervert the accepted rules of society.

The most common use of pervert is as a word for people who are deviant sexually: that could mean a lot of things, ranging from being kinky to being dangerous, such as pedophiles. Perverting also means changing or subverting something. A cop who breaks the law is perverting the law. A criminal who convinces other people to become criminals is perverting them. So when you think of pervert, think change — change for the worse.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: pervert

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corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior
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change the inherent purpose or function of something
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: pervert
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v corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality

Synonyms:
corrupt, debase, debauch, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, misdirect, profane, subvert, vitiate
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carnalise, carnalize, sensualise, sensualize
debase through carnal gratification
infect
corrupt with ideas or an ideology
lead astray, lead off
teach immoral behavior to
poison
spoil as if by poison
bastardise, bastardize
change something so that its value declines; for example, art forms
suborn
incite to commit a crime or an evil deed
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

n a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior

Synonyms:
degenerate, deviant, deviate
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fetishist
one who engages in fetishism (especially of a sexual nature)
masochist
someone who obtains pleasure from receiving punishment
nympho, nymphomaniac
a woman with abnormal sexual desires
child molester, paederast, pederast
a man who has sex (usually sodomy) with a boy as the passive partner
paedophile, pedophile
an adult who is sexually attracted to children
sadist
someone who obtains pleasure from inflicting pain or others
sadomasochist
someone who enjoys both sadism and masochism
lech, lecher, letch, satyr
man with strong sexual desires
bugger, sod, sodomist, sodomite
someone who engages in anal copulation (especially a male who engages in anal copulation with another male)
flagellant
a person who is whipped or whips himself for sexual gratification
Type of:
miscreant, reprobate
a person without moral scruples
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v change the inherent purpose or function of something

Synonyms:
abuse, misuse
Types:
fracture
violate or abuse
take in vain
use a name, such as God, without proper respect
Type of:
expend, use
use up, consume fully

v practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive

Synonyms:
convolute, sophisticate, twist, twist around
Type of:
denote, refer
have as a meaning

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corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
change the inherent purpose or function of something
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a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable
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