|1.||[ verb ] change the inherent purpose or function of something|
"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|