What does the word pervert mean?

Usage examples for pervert

  1. 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
  2. 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