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Perversion is a derogatory term for deviation from the original meaning or doctrine, or from what is perceived to be normal. A pervert is a person in a state of perversion. These terms have two common usages:

  • It often refers to "sexual perversion", more neutrally called a paraphilia.

  • The term perversion was also used in the pre-Vatican II era by some Roman Catholics to describe the process of converting from Roman Catholicism to Protestantism. Whereas a protestant who joined Roman Catholicism was described as a convert, a Catholic who became a Protestant was called a pervert. The phrase is no longer used by mainstream Catholicism, though a small conservative fringe do on occasion still use it.

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