What does the word pervert mean?

Usage examples for pervert

  1. At present, it must be said in sorrow that the ablest actors and most prominent public readers blur and pervert the most beautiful lines in the language. – Browning and the Dramatic Monologue by S. S. Curry
  2. Such people always suppose the worst, and readily pervert the most unselfish actions into moral offences. – The Home Mission by T.S. Arthur Edition: 10 Language: English
  3. Keep, Galileo, to thy thought, And nerve thy soul to bear; They may gloat o'er the senseless words they wring From the pangs of thy despair; They may veil their eyes, but they cannot hide The sun's meridian glow; The heel of a priest may tread thee down And a tyrant work thee woe; But never a truth has been destroyed; They may curse it and call it crime; Pervert and betray, or slander and slay Its teachers for a time. – Poems with Power to Strengthen the Soul by Various