Origin of perverse
Examples from the Web for perversely
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 reluctant, the better nature that was in Mrs. Presty rose to the surface, forced to show itself.The Evil Genius|Wilkie Collins
Perversely he frowned, as if the thing increased his pain, annoyed him beyond words.Aurora the Magnificent|Gertrude Hall
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, since he seemed bent on rejecting my reward, I became anxious to press it upon him.Greener Than You Think|Ward Moore
Perversely Bud declined to become confidential, and Honey Krause changed the subject abruptly.Cow-Country|B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for perversely
Word Origin for perverse
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.