Definition of perversion noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəˈvɜːʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈvɜːrʒn//
    [uncountable, countable]
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  1. 1behaviour that most people think is not normal or acceptable, especially when it is connected with sex; an example of this type of behaviour sexual perversion sadomasochistic perversions
  2. 2the act of changing something that is good or right into something that is bad or wrong; the result of this the perversion of justice Her account was a perversion of the truth.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin perversio(n-), from the verb pervertere ‘turn about’, from per- ‘thoroughly, to ill effect’ + vertere ‘to turn’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: perversion