Definition of Perversion

1. Noun. A curve that reverses the direction of something. "Perversion also shows up in kinky telephone cords"

Generic synonyms: Curve, Curved Shape

2. Noun. An aberrant sexual practice.

3. Noun. The action of perverting something (turning it to a wrong use). "It was a perversion of justice"
Generic synonyms: Actus Reus, Misconduct, Wrongdoing, Wrongful Conduct
Derivative terms: Pervert

Definition of Perversion

1. n. The act of perverting, or the state of being perverted; a turning from truth or right; a diverting from the true intent or object; a change to something worse; a turning or applying to a wrong end or use.

Definition of Perversion

1. Noun. The action of perverting someone or something; humiliation; debasement. ¹

2. Noun. The state of being perverted; depravity; viciousness. ¹

3. Noun. A sexual practice or act considered abnormal; sexual deviance; immorality. ¹

4. Noun. An instance of such abnormal activity or behaviour; rape. ¹

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Definition of Perversion

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Medical Definition of Perversion

1. A turning aside from the normal course, a morbid alteration of function which may occur in emotional, intellectual or volitional fields. In psychiatry, sexual deviation. Origin: L. Versio = a turning This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Perversion

pervasive developmental disorder - not otherwise specified
pervasive developmental disorders
pervenous pacemaker

Literary usage of Perversion

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1897)
"perversion may further take the form of homo-sexuality, that is, ... These different forms of perversion have also been classed as varieties of sexual ..."

2. Lectures on the Moral Government of God by Nathaniel William Taylor (1859)
"perversion of a design does not disprove the reality of the design; nor the fact that such perversion was foreseen; nor that the perversion is universal. ..."

3. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1885)
"SEXUAL perversion IN A FEMALE.—Dr. Kiernan {Detroit Lancet, May, 1884,) reports the following case of sexual perversion in a twenty-two-year-old girl who ..."

4. Handbook of the Law of Torts by Heman Gerald Chapin (1917)
"CHAPTER XVIII THE OBSTRUCTION AND perversion OF LEGAL REMEDIES 99. ... perversion of Legal Remedies—Malicious Prosecution. 101. Malicious Use and Abuse of ..."

5. The Problem of problems, and its various solutions, or, Atheism, Darwinism by Clark Braden (1879)
"It Religion a perversion of Man's Naturel object of veneration, ... Then to establish his position that religion is a perversion of an element in man's ..."

6. Institutes of the Christian Religion by Jean Calvin, John Allen (1816)
"The Power of the Church respecting Articles of Faith, and its licentious perversion under the Papacy to the Corruption of all Purity of Doctrine. ..."

7. Sermons Preached at Brighton by Frederick William Robertson (1899)
"perversion, as shown in Balaam's Character. " Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?" There is one objection may be made ..."

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