pervert

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.

Definitions of pervert
  1. verb
    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
  2. noun
    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 on others
    sadomasochist
    someone who enjoys both sadism and masochism
    lech, lecher, letch, satyr
    man with strong sexual desires
    flagellant
    a person who is whipped or whips himself for sexual gratification
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    miscreant, reprobate
    a person without moral scruples
  3. verb
    change the inherent purpose or function of something
    synonyms: abuse, misuse
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    fracture
    violate or abuse
    take in vain
    use a name, such as God, without proper respect
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    expend, use
    use up, consume fully
  4. verb
    practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive
    synonyms: convolute, sophisticate, twist, twist around
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    denote, refer
    have as a meaning
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