- willfully determined or disposed to go counter to what is expected or desired; contrary.
- characterized by or proceeding from such a determination or disposition: a perverse mood.
- wayward or cantankerous.
- persistent or obstinate in what is wrong.
- turned away from or rejecting what is right, good, or proper; wicked or corrupt.
Origin of perverse
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Examples from the Web for perverse
Beck takes the prize for Most Perverse Offering by an Artist in 2012.Beck’s Album ‘Song Reader’ Is All Sheet Music. We Take It for a Spin
December 29, 2012
The Imp of the Perverse must have chuckled at the situation.The Strength of the Strong
Perverse Doctrine is of the very same, which gaineth Countries by little and little, as a Canker doth in the whole body.A Discovrse of Fire and Salt (A Discourse of Fire and Salt)
Blaise de Vigenre
Perverse and irreverent persons even dared to affirm, to the great indignation of Señor Vicente, that the whole story was a lie.Luna Benamor
Vicente Blasco Ibez
Perverse and fantastic as is the plan of his poem, none of his works is richer in beauties of detail.The Age of Dryden
Perverse and irreverent persons even dared to affirm, to the great indignation of Seor Vicente, that the whole story was a lie.The Last Lion and Other Tales
Vicente Blasco Ibez
- deliberately deviating from what is regarded as normal, good, or proper
- persistently holding to what is wrong
- wayward or contrary; obstinate; cantankerous
- archaic perverted
Word Origin and History for perverse
mid-14c., "wicked," from Old French pervers "unnatural, degenerate; perverse, contrary" (12c.) and directly from Latin perversus "turned away, contrary, askew," figuratively, "turned away from what is right, wrong, malicious, spiteful," past participle of pervertere "to corrupt" (see pervert (v.)). The Latin word is glossed in Old English by forcerred, from past participle of forcyrran "to avoid," from cierran "to turn, return." Meaning "wrong, not in accord with what is accepted" is from 1560s; sense of "obstinate, stubborn" is from 1570s. It keeps the non-sexual senses of pervert (v.) and allows the psychological ones to go with perverted. Related: Perversely; perverseness.