AskDefine | Define perversion

Dictionary Definition



1 a curve that reverses the direction of something; "the tendrils of the plant exhibited perversion"; "perversion also shows up in kinky telephone cords"
2 an aberrant sexual practice that is preferred to normal intercourse [syn: sexual perversion]
3 the action of perverting something (turning it to a wrong use); "it was a perversion of justice"

User Contributed Dictionary



From perversio, from pervertere



  1. The action of perverting someone or something; humiliation; debasement.
  2. The state of being perverted; depravity; viciousness.
  3. A sexual practice or act considered abnormal; sexual deviance; immorality.
  4. An instance of such abnormal activity or behaviour; rape.





Extensive Definition

Perversion is a term and concept describing those types of human behavior that are perceived to be a serious deviation from what is considered to be orthodox or normal. Although it can refer to varying forms of deviation, it is most often used to describe sexual behaviors that are seen as abnormal or excessive. Perversion differs from deviant behavior, since the latter refers to a recognized violation of social rules or norms (although the two terms can apply to the same thing). It is often considered derogatory and in psychological literature the term paraphilia is now used instead, though this term is controversial.
The concept of perversion is somewhat subjective However, homosexuality is no longer treated as a disorder in mainstream psychiatry (see Homosexuality and psychology).
The verb pervert is less narrow in reference than the related nouns, and may be used with no sexual connotations. One might say, for example, that a modern film version of Romeo and Juliet "perverts" Shakespeare's version of the story.
The noun sometimes occurs in abbreviated slang form as "perv", and the adjective "pervy" also occurs. Both are often, but not exclusively, used non-seriously.


perversion in Danish: Perversion
perversion in German: Perversion
perversion in French: Perversion
perversion in Italian: Perversione
perversion in Portuguese: Perversão
perversion in Russian: Извращение
perversion in Swedish: Perversion

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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