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perversion

 [per-ver´zhun]
1. deviation from the normal course; a morbid alteration of function which may occur in emotional, intellectual, or volitional fields.
sexual perversion sexual deviation.

per·ver·sion

(per-ver'zhŭn), Negative and pejorative connotations of this word may render it offensive in some contexts.
A deviation from the norm, especially concerning sexual interests or behavior.
[L. perversio, fr. per-verto, pp. -versus, to turn about]

perversion

/per·ver·sion/ (per-ver´zhun)
1. deviation from the normal course.
2. sexual perversion; see under deviation.

perversion

[pərvur′shən]
Etymology: L, pervertere, to turn about
1 any deviation from what is considered normal or natural.
2 the act of causing a change from what is normal or natural.
3
Usage notes: (informal)
(in psychiatry) any of a number of sexual practices that deviate from what is considered normal adult behavior. See also paraphilia.

perversion

(1) Paraphilia (sexual deviancy), see there.  
(2) A nonspecific term for any deviation from a norm.

per·ver·sion

(pĕr-ver'zhŭn) Negative and pejorative connotations of this word may render it offensive in some contexts.
A deviation from the norm, especially concerning sexual interests or behavior.
[L. perversio, fr. per-verto, pp. -versus, to turn about]
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Paul, after all, also spoke out very strongly against homosexuality and other perversions.
The great danger is that these perversions are so absurd, repellent, and beyond the ken of most Americans--and are festering just far enough beneath the surface--that the average person will not see the threat until it is too late.
This leads to either a regression of sexuality to pregenital impulses and obsessive struggles over it, or indulgence in sadomasochistic perversions.
2) Or, as Ernst Kasemann puts it, "Moral perversion is the result of God's wrath, not the reason for it.
This is the easy answer, especially in light of the more serious perversions of the Cold War.
Its complex, fragmented form has more in common with an inhabitable sculpture or Expressionist film set and its stark materiality and spatial perversions do not conform to conventional notions of gentle, informal domesticity.
Still, despite this irrationality and the "moral resistance of the face to the violence of murder" (225), such perversions of human interaction occur, and thus the ethical command found in the face of the other, "Thou shalt not kill" (Ethics 89), is ignored in a "violence [that] can aim only at a face" (Totality 225) while simultaneously denying its humanity.
One of our superlatively American democratic perversions is that anyone can qualify as a moral prostitute, even or especially "ordinary" people - or actors posing as such - in their testimony about a dish detergent or a car or an antacid tablet.
Subsequent 'discoveries' in nineteenth-century medicine and psychiatry, which affirmed the primacy of sex in human identity and defined boundaries of normal sexual behavior and of sexual perversions, reinforced this bourgeois ideology.
They are songs that have allowed us to express our musical perversions.
On the other hand, Leviticus 18:22-25 not merely states that homosexuality and bestiality are abominable perversions, but that for suck behaviour God had cast out all those who inhabited the lands before, because of these practices.
Grotesque characters of ceaseless wants and needs, sexual perversions rooted in pain and power--these are themes of many of Self's short stories and intense, hyperactive novels, not to mention some earlier controversial American books.