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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: pervertir, from Latin pervertere, from vertere 'to turn'

pervert

1 verb
     
per‧vert1 [transitive]
1 to change something in an unnatural and often harmful way:
Genetic scientists are often accused of perverting nature.
2 to influence someone so that they begin to think or behave in an immoral way [= corrupt]:
TV violence perverts the minds of young children.
3

pervert the course of justice

lawSCL to deliberately prevent a fair examination of the facts about a crime

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