1. [ verb ] change the inherent purpose or function of something
Synonyms: abuse misuse

"Don't abuse the system" "The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers"

Related terms: use fracture take_in_vain misuse
2. [ verb ] practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive
Synonyms: twist_around convolute sophisticate twist
Related terms: denote distortion sophism
3. [ verb ] corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
Synonyms: corrupt deprave misdirect profane debase vitiate debauch demoralise subvert demoralize

"debauch the young people with wine and women" "Socrates was accused of corrupting young men" "Do school counselors subvert young children?" "corrupt the morals"

Related terms: change poison lead_off whore sensualize bastardize suborn infect orgy demoralization profanation violator corruption
4. [ noun ] (sexuality) a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior
Synonyms: deviate degenerate deviant
Related terms: reprobate nymphomaniac satyr pederast pedofile molester sadomasochist sadist sodomite fetishist masochist paedophile deviate
Similar spelling:   perverted