in a willful manner that goes counter to what is expected or desired; contrarily: She clung perversely to beliefs and behavior that would confound her parents for years.
in an obstinate manner, rejecting what is right, good, or proper; wickedly or corruptly: They perversely persist in the practice of torture.
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How to use perversely in a sentence
The breakup, sending Douglass to the New York abolitionists, more driven to political engagement than the anti-government Bostonian branch, perversely led to triumph—for the abolitionist and the movement.The Speech That Launched Frederick Douglass’s Life as an Abolitionist | Linda Hirshman | February 16, 2022 | Time
He’s also behind the most perversely delightful Christmas movie.73 Great Things We Read, Listened to or Watched This Year | TIME Staff | December 27, 2021 | Time
In some circumstances it can be rational to be not just ignorant but powerless, and, most perversely of all, irrational.It’s Not Irrational to Party Like It’s 1999 - Issue 108: Change | Steven Pinker | November 17, 2021 | Nautilus
It could be just as weirdly unpredictable as the previous example of someone perversely guessing the code-crashing number.Is the Universe Open-Ended? - Issue 102: Hidden Truths | Caleb Scharf | June 16, 2021 | Nautilus
Ending the filibuster, perversely enough, makes both fears more real.Keep the Filibuster, There Are Better Ways to Reform a Broken System | David French | March 23, 2021 | Time
perversely, the whole sad tale, and the publication of Zen Predator itself, might be good for American Buddhism.
perversely, however, the idea has grown up that we must address the fiscal problem first.
perversely, some businesses need to worry about the opposite problem, too.
perversely I continue to be the subject of contradictory and conflicting moods impossible to understand and difficult to describe.Fibble, D. D. | Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
perversely, since he seemed bent on rejecting my reward, I became anxious to press it upon him.Greener Than You Think | Ward Moore
perversely it made August think of Emmy, his wife, and acute dread touched him at the mockery of her wasting despair.The Happy End | Joseph Hergesheimer
perversely enough, whilst Ora's husband was a commonplace though intelligent attorney, Ora was married to a Montana mine-owner.
perversely enough, they had been drawn together by the very attraction of dissimilarity.Gigolo | Edna Ferber