- 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 perversely
Perversely, the whole sad tale, and the publication of Zen Predator itself, might be good for American Buddhism.The Shocking Scandal at the Heart of American Zen
November 14, 2013
Perversely, however, the idea has grown up that we must address the fiscal problem first.Why I Am Not A Deficit Hawk
April 18, 2012
Perversely, some businesses need to worry about the opposite problem, too.The Internet's Doomsday Scenario
Thomas E. Weber
November 9, 2010
Perversely, he and Alice did not take to each other in the way Mrs. Yorke had hoped.Gordon Keith
Thomas Nelson Page
Perversely, he hated it for healing, and he poked it viciously to feel it throb.The Plastic Age
Perversely he frowned, as if the thing increased his pain, annoyed him beyond words.Aurora the Magnificent
Perversely, they persisted in huddling in close, tight clusters, as though drawn together by a gravitation of common discomfort.Local Color
Irvin S. Cobb
Perversely, ever since the advent of his keen young disciple, he himself had been less keen.Twos and Threes
G. B. Stern
- 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 perversely
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.