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1The alteration of something from its original course, meaning, or state to a distortion or corruption of what was first intended.‘a scandalous perversion of the law’‘all great evil is the perversion of a good’
distortion, misrepresentation, falsification, travesty, misinterpretation, misconstruction, twisting, corruption, subversion, misuse, misapplication, debasementView synonyms
- ‘The perversion of the movie is ingenious, and yet so simple.’
- ‘There is no mendacity, equivocation or perversion of truth.’
- ‘If we cannot establish first that there are distortions and perversions, then this fundamental project is a non-starter.’
- ‘Pure theory is too vulnerable to corruption and perversion at the hands of opportunists.’
- ‘The founding fathers would have had to pop a lot of pills to conceive of this perversion of the Bill of Rights.’
- ‘No nation which had surrendered these powers to a foreign entity could, by any perversion of language, be described as sovereign.’
- ‘This type of political perversion of the law was well known during Hitler's fascist dictatorship.’
- ‘The most compelling argument, and the issue at the heart of the liberal perversion of liberalism, is in the area of humanitarianism.’
- ‘Our special report on perversion of the language is coming right up.’
- ‘Well, your Honours, the allegation was section 319 of the Crimes Act, perversion of the course of justice.’
- ‘This is an outrageous perversion of the long-standing law that the creator has the exclusive right to license his work.’
- ‘In writing about the history of American foreign policy, one must try to avoid perpetuating distortions and perversions of language.’
- ‘And that can develop out of any tradition, can develop out of any religion, or perversion.’
- ‘This perversion of democratic competition is reflected in the development of the political parties and their programmes.’
- ‘When are the Chairman and governors of the BBC going to wake up their consciences and address this scandalous perversion of public service broadcasting?’
- ‘But they were then arrested for perversion of justice.’
- ‘Politics is about human beings with their frailties and perversions and distortions or perception, who prioritise things according to their conviction.’
- ‘I have evidence of perjury and the perversion of the course of justice and misfeasance in public office.’
- ‘Our democracy is a threat to their perversion of a religion.’
- ‘Anybody having experienced the effects of war firsthand will understand the deceit and perversion in calling these games a reflection of global events.’
2Sexual behavior or desire that is considered abnormal or unacceptable.
deviance, deviancy, deviationView synonyms
- ‘He was a man who lived for his own tastes and comforts, and his sexual perversions.’
- ‘I don't know why perversions and sexual violence have gone up so sharply here.’
- ‘The explicit references to sexual perversions are not the best thing about the book, although they don't really do it much harm.’
- ‘To be honest, I'm often left wondering what precisely he thinks is so new about sexual perversion and the attempt to rationalize it.’
- ‘Western affluence has also become the occasion for moral decline in general and the growth of sexual perversion in particular.’
- ‘In the sessions with his supervising therapist, he links the origins of his perversion to his early sexual exposure to his younger sister.’
- ‘One might say that celibacy has become the last sexual perversion in America.’
- ‘But can those matters be set to one side to take another look at sexuality and perversions?’
- ‘It revealed a disgusting and shocking obsession with sexual perversion involving young female children.’
- ‘From them we learn how sexual perversion attained stability by being placed in a racial and/or gendered discourse.’
- ‘Don't write about sexual perversion or a too realistic presentation of sex, as these are subjects from which most readers shrink in disgust.’
- ‘They have accused me of supporting the sin of sexual perversion.’
- ‘Together they set off on a road trip of mass murder, mental and physical torture and sexual perversion.’
- ‘In the revised Code, only sexual perversion and venereal disease remained totally forbidden.’
- ‘It seemed to me royals were always in on some kind of scandal, partner swapping, infidelity, one sexual perversion after another.’
- ‘In fact, Greg was outraged that Martin supported my efforts in trying to understand his - Martin's - sexual perversions.’
- ‘Over the years psychologists have linked this serious state of the mind to such criminal conduct as rape and other sexual perversions.’
- ‘But I'm also an old newspaper reporter who, in my time, covered some hideous stories of perversion.’
- ‘Both men also attack the respective defendants by alluding to unproven sexual perversions.’
- ‘This is no longer a tale of tragically misguided love, but of sexual perversion and an unforgiveable abuse of power.’
Late Middle English: from Latin perversio(n-), from the verb pervertere ‘turn about’ (see pervert).
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