Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “perversion”

perversion

noun [C or U]     /pəˈvɜː.ʒən/ US  /pɚˈvɝː-/ disapproving
sexual behaviour that is considered strange and unpleasant by most people: The novels of the Marquis de Sade deal with sexual perversion.Sexual activity in generalPhysical and sexual assault and abduction the changing of something so that it is not what it was or should be: His testimony was clearly a perversion of the truth.Change and changes
(Definition of perversion noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of perversion

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Change and changes, but you might be interested in these topics from the Changing and not changing topic area:

Definitions of “perversion” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

beneficiary

a person or group who receives money, advantages, etc. as a result of something else

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More