4. misuse, prostitute, exploit, misapply, misemploy, misappropriate, mishandle, mismanage, malad-minister; squander, waste, throw away.
5. (all deliberately) misconstrue, misconstruct, misinterpret, mistranslate, misdeem, misread, misrender, misreport, miscite; misquote, misstate, lie, miscolor, belie, misrepresent, falsify; distort, warp, twist, Scot. thraw, Fig. mutilate, Fig. butcher, garble; torture, contort, bend, squeeze, stretch, strain; bias, color, slant; exaggerate, blow out of proportion, play up; varnish, gild, gloss, gloss over, whitewash, evade, dodge, Inf. fudge; embroider, embellish, adorn, decorate, garnish, titivate, dress up.
6. vitiate, debase, abase, impair, reduce, lower; pollute, contaminate, adulterate, infect, poison, taint, spoil, mar, alloy, foul, befoul, soil, sully, make impure; defile, desecrate, debauch, deflower, profane; violate, abuse, ruin.
-n. 7. (all with reference to sexual relations) deviate, deviant, degenerate, fiend, maniac, psychopath, criminal; sadist, masochist, fetishist, lecher, voyeur, scotophiliac, erotomaniac, narcissist, nymphomaniac; sodomist, sodomite, bugger; pederast, pedophiliac, child-molester, catamite, Sl. gunsel, Sl. punk, Sl. chicken; coprophiliac; necrophiliac; zoophiliac.
8. apostate, backslider, recidivist, reversionist, schismatist, schismatic, dissenter, sectary, lost soul, lost sheep, fallen angel; heretic, unbeliever, nonbeliever, infidel, antichrist, antichristian; secessionist, seceder, seditionist, separatist; renegade, recreant, traitor, turncoat; deserter, turntail. perverted, adj. 1. Pathology, abnormal, anomalous, anomalistic, aberrant, deviate, deviant, irregular, variable; strange, odd, incongruous, peculiar, queer; monstrous, freakish, unnatural, heteroclite, heteroclitic, heteroclitical.
2. misguided, misled, misdirected, misadvised; deluded, beguiled, deceived, tricked, hoaxed, duped, taken in; seduced, subverted, led astray, debauched, demoralized; violated, abused, ruined, deflowered, defiled, profaned.
3. distorted, twisted, warped, garbled, Scot. thrawn, Fig. mutilated, Fig. butchered.
4. false, fallacious, untrue, mendacious, baseless, unfounded, groundless, unsupported, unsupportable, preposterous, ridiculous, ludicrous; unsound, invalid, erroneous, mistaken, wrong, peccant, faulty, at fault, in error, errant, heretical, heterodox; unauthentic, ungenuine, imperfect, defective, abortive.
5. licentious, lascivious, lewd; sadistic, masochistic, Sl. s-m, Sl. kinky.
6. perverse, corrupt, corrupted, vice-ridden, immoral, unprincipled, dissolute, abandoned, profligate, wanton, depraved, degenerate, degenerated, deteriorated; Inf. gone to the dogs, evil, wicked, iniquitous, base, foul, low, sinful; wayward, devious, untrustworthy, unreliable; vitiated, debilitated; polluted, adulterated, contaminated, fouled, befouled, rotten, tainted, infected, poisoned. pervious, adj. permeable, porous, penetrable, perforate, pierceable, enterable; open, passable, accessible; reachable; vulnerable, pregnable, open to attack. pesky, adj. Informal, annoying, irksome, irritating, nettlesome, vexatious, vexing, galling, chafing, harassing; troublesome, worrisome, worrying, provoking, gnawing, nagging, dogging, hounding, tormenting, bothersome; aggravating, exacerbating, maddening, infuriating, Sl. driving up the wall, driving crazy; ruffling, disturbing, perturbing, Inf. getting under one's skin, Inf. getting in one's hair, disquieting; disagreeable, distasteful, obnoxious, offensive, objectionable, unwelcome, unwanted; intolerable, unbearable, Inf. a bit much, too much,
pessimism, n. 1. cynicism, doubt, suspicion, distrust, disbelief, expecting the worst, Murphy's Law; hopelessness, seeing things in black, seeing the shadows instead of the sun, discouragement, dejection; depression, Ger. Weltschmerz, Latin, taedium vitae, despair, desperation, heaviness of heart, SI. blues, sadness, unhappiness, gloom, gloomy outlook, gloominess, glumness; despondency, Psychiatry. hypochondria, melancholy, Psychol, melancholia, black dog melancholy; self-flagellation, joylessness, Psychol, anhedonia, emotional sclerosis; trepidation, waiting for the sky to fall in; eosophobia, fear of the new day; borrowing or buying trouble.