pervert

Part of speech: adjective

Pervertible.

Part of speech: noun

PERVERTER.

Part of speech: verb

To turn from its right purpose, use, or meaning; alter for the worse.

Part of speech: noun

An apostate.

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Usage examples "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", S. S. Curry.
  2. Such people always suppose the worst, and readily pervert the most unselfish actions into moral offences. - "The Home Mission", 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", Various.