To pervert something is to corrupt it. For example, you could "pervert the course of justice" by lying on the witness stand.
Another common use of pervert is as a word for a person who is sexually deviant; however, people also use this word more loosely to describe anyone who seems creepy. 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
corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior
change the inherent purpose or function of something
v corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
- corrupt, debase, debauch, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, misdirect, profane, subvert, vitiate
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carnalise, carnalize, sensualise, sensualize
debase through carnal gratification
corrupt with ideas or an ideology
lead astray, lead off
teach immoral behavior to
spoil as if by poison
change something so that its value declines; for example, art forms
incite to commit a crime or an evil deed
n a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior
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one who engages in fetishism (especially of a sexual nature)
someone who obtains pleasure from receiving punishment
a woman with abnormal sexual desires
child molester, paederast, pederast
a man who has sex (usually sodomy) with a boy as the passive partner
an adult who is sexually attracted to children
someone who obtains pleasure from inflicting pain or others
someone who enjoys both sadism and masochism
lech, lecher, letch, satyr
man with strong sexual desires
a person who is whipped or whips himself for sexual gratification