perverse, pervert, perverted
1. Perverse and perverted, both derived from the Latin root pervertere ‘to turn away’ (from what is normal or correct), are easily confused. Perverse means ‘stubbornly unreasonable’ (usually of actions or circumstances but also of people):

• Amazingly, perversely, and rather to her regret (a flat battery would have been a cast-iron excuse to abort the visit) the engine fired —David Lodge, 1988.

• It would be perverse of him not to be pleased, but Matthiesson feels the plaudits are often misplaced —Sunday Herald, 2002.

Perverted means ‘departing from right opinion or conduct’ and is commonly used with reference to abnormal or deviant sexual behaviour:

• I've seen blokes in hot countries go clean round the oojar because of the perverted practices of native women —Brian Aldiss, 1971.

2. Pervert is pronounced with the stress on the first syllable as a noun (= a person who is sexually perverted) and with the stress on the second syllable as a verb (= to corrupt, lead astray).

Modern English usage. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • perverted — perverted; un·perverted; …   English syllables

  • perverted — index depraved, dissolute, immoral, mendacious, perverse, tainted (corrupted) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • perverted — corrupted, depraved, debased, vitiated, debauched (see under DEBASE) Analogous words: distorted, contorted, warped (see DEFORM): abused, misused, outraged (see ABUSE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • perverted — [adj] immoral, evil abandoned, aberrant, abnormal, abused, contorted, corrupt, corrupted, debased, debauched, defiled, depraved, deviant, deviating, distorted, foreign, grotesque, impaired, kinky*, misguided, misused, monstrous, outraged,… …   New thesaurus

  • perverted — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ sexually abnormal and unacceptable. DERIVATIVES pervertedly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • perverted — [pər vʉrt′id] adj. 1. deviating from what is considered right, good, or true; misdirected, corrupted, etc. 2. of or practicing sexual perversion 3. misinterpreted; distorted pervertedly adv. pervertedness n …   English World dictionary

  • perverted — [[t]pə(r)vɜ͟ː(r)tɪd[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you say that someone is perverted, you mean that you consider their behaviour, especially their sexual behaviour, to be immoral or unacceptable. You ve been protecting sick and perverted men... His… …   English dictionary

  • perverted — Abnormal, deviant, or disordered. * * * perverted adj marked by abnormality or perversion <perverted pancreatic function> <relieve concepts or fears of perverted sexual interest (W. H. Masters & V. E. Johnson)> …   Medical dictionary

  • perverted — adjective 1. deviating from what is considered moral or right or proper or good depraved criminals a perverted sense of loyalty the reprobate conduct of a gambling aristocrat • Syn: ↑depraved, ↑perverse, ↑reprobate • …   Useful english dictionary

  • Perverted — Pervert Per*vert , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Perverted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Perverting}.] [F. pervertir, L. pervertere, perversum; per + vertere to turn. See {Per }, and {Verse}.] 1. To turnanother way; to divert. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Let s follow him …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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