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per·verse

 (pər-vûrs′, pûr′vûrs′)
adj.
1. Contrary to what is right or good; wicked or depraved: a perverse world of sinners.
2.
a. Characterized by or resulting from willful opposition or resistance to what is right, expected, or reasonable: "Geneticists have the perverse habit of naming genes by what goes wrong when they mutate" (Richard Dawkins).
b. Willfully opposing or resisting what is right, expected, or reasonable: an understanding of the text that only a perverse reader could reach.
3. Having an effect opposite to what is intended or expected: "Regulation [of child care] to increase quality may have the perverse effect of driving some children into unregulated care" (Kathryn M. Neckerman).

[Middle English pervers, from Old French, from Latin perversus, past participle of pervertere, to pervert; see pervert.]

per·verse′ly adv.
per·verse′ness n.

perverse

(pəˈvɜːs)
adj
1. deliberately deviating from what is regarded as normal, good, or proper
2. persistently holding to what is wrong
3. wayward or contrary; obstinate; cantankerous
4. archaic perverted
[C14: from Old French pervers, from Latin perversus turned the wrong way]
perˈversely adv
perˈverseness n

per•verse

(pərˈvɜrs)

adj.
1. willfully determined not to do what is expected or desired; contrary.
2. characterized by or proceeding from such a determination: a perverse mood.
3. wayward or cantankerous.
4. turned away from what is right, good, or proper; wicked or corrupt.
[1325–75; Middle English < Latin perversus facing the wrong way, askew, orig. past participle of pervertere. See pervert]
per•verse′ly, adv.
per•verse′ness, n.
per•ver′si•ty, n., pl. -ties.
syn: See willful.

perverse

  • awkward - Comes from Old Norse awk, "perverse," and weard, "in the direction of," i.e. "turned back upon itself" or "turned backward."
  • crabby, crabbed - Crabby and crabbed derive from a crab's sideways movement and habit of snapping (thought to suggest a perverse or irritable nature).
  • peeve - A back-formation from peevish, "perverse, obstinate."
  • queer - Comes from the German root quer, "across, oblique, perverse."
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.perverse - marked by a disposition to oppose and contradict; "took perverse satisfaction in foiling her plans"
negative - characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features; "a negative outlook on life"; "a colorless negative personality"; "a negative evaluation"; "a negative reaction to an advertising campaign"
2.perverse - resistant to guidance or discipline; "Mary Mary quite contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a perverse mood"; "wayward behavior"
disobedient - not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority; "disobedient children"
3.perverse - deviating from what is considered moral or right or proper or good; "depraved criminals"; "a perverted sense of loyalty"; "the reprobate conduct of a gambling aristocrat"
corrupt - lacking in integrity; "humanity they knew to be corrupt...from the day of Adam's creation"; "a corrupt and incompetent city government"

perverse

adjective
2. ill-natured, cross, surly, petulant, crabbed, fractious, spiteful, churlish, ill-tempered, stroppy (Brit. slang), cantankerous, peevish, shrewish He seems to take a perverse pleasure in being disagreeable.
ill-natured agreeable, amiable, good-natured
3. abnormal, incorrect, unhealthy, improper, deviant, depraved perverse sexual practices

perverse

adjective
1. Utterly reprehensible in nature or behavior:
3. Given to acting in opposition to others:
Translations
فاسِد، مُفْسِد للأخْلاقمُنْحَرِف، شِرّير
zavilýzvrácený
genstridigstædigsygelig
òvermóîskufullurspilltur; ósanngjarn
įnoringainesukalbamaspriešgynumaspriešgynus
aplamsietiepīgsnesaprātīgsperverss
zvrhlý

perverse

[pəˈvɜːs] ADJ (= contrary) → retorcido; (= obstinate) → terco, contumaz; (= wicked) → perverso
human nature is perverseel hombre es perverso por naturaleza
I took a perverse pleasure in his predicamentverlo en un aprieto me producía un placer perverso

perverse

[pərˈvɜːrs] adj
[delight, pleasure] → pervers(e)
to take a perverse delight in doing sth → prendre un plaisir pervers à faire qch
He takes a perverse delight in irritating people → Il prend un plaisir pervers à irriter les gens.
(= odd) [logic] → pervers(e)
(= unreasonable) it would be perverse to ... → il serait absurde de ..., il serait contraire au bon sens de ...

perverse

adj (= contrary) ideaabwegig; (= perverted)pervers, widernatürlich; it would be perverse to refusees wäre unsinnig abzulehnen

perverse

[pəˈvɜːs] adj (contrary, behaviour) → da bastian contrario; (wicked) → cattivo/a; (desires) → perverso/a; (circumstances) → avverso/a
to be perverse (person) → essere un bastian contrario

perverse

(pəˈvəːs) adjective
1. continuing to do, think etc something which one knows, or which one has been told, is wrong or unreasonable. a perverse child.
2. deliberately wrong; unreasonable. perverse behaviour.
perˈversely adverb
perˈverseness noun
perˈversity noun
References in classic literature ?
Jo March, you are perverse enough to provoke a saint
How could he,--so yellow as she was, so wrinkled, so sad of mien, with that odd uncouthness of a turban on her head, and that most perverse of scowls contorting her brow,--how could he love to gaze at her?
It was a look so intelligent, yet inexplicable, perverse, sometimes so malicious, but generally accompanied by a wild flow of spirits, that Hester could not help questioning at such moments whether Pearl was a human child.
As he approached the stream, his heart began to thump he summoned up, however, all his resolution, gave his horse half a score of kicks in the ribs, and attempted to dash briskly across the bridge; but instead of starting forward, the perverse old animal made a lateral movement, and ran broadside against the fence.
He had picked up his hat, which he had brought in, and stood twirling it in a way that gave me, even as I was just nearly reaching port, a perverse horror of what I was doing.
At any time it is a strange sight to the tyro to see with what wondrous habitude of unconscious skill the whaleman will maintain an erect posture in his boat, even when pitched about by the most riotously perverse and cross-running seas.
Yes, though you may think me perverse, if it were proposed to me to dwell in the neighborhood of the most beautiful garden that ever human art contrived, or else of a Dismal Swamp, I should certainly decide for the swamp.
But at last there seemed a perverse turn; it seemed all at once as if he were more afraid of its being a bad sore throat on her account, than on Harriet'smore anxious that she should escape the infection, than that there should be no infection in the complaint.
He turned, as he spoke, a peculiar look in her direction: a look of hatred; unless he has a most perverse set of facial muscles that will not, like those of other people, interpret the language of his soul.
You have taken a perverse hatred to Frank; and you are unreasonably angry with me because I won't hate him, too.
That she should struggle against the fascinating influence of his delightful art - delightful nature I thought it then - did not surprise me either; for I knew that she was sometimes jaundiced and perverse.
Thus roving on In confus'd march forlorn, th' adventrous Bands With shuddring horror pale, and eyes agast View'd first thir lamentable lot, and found No rest: through many a dark and drearie Vaile They pass'd, and many a Region dolorous, O're many a Frozen, many a Fierie Alpe, Rocks, Caves, Lakes, Fens, Bogs, Dens, and shades of death, A Universe of death, which God by curse Created evil, for evil only good, Where all life dies, death lives, and nature breeds, Perverse, all monstrous, all prodigious things, Abominable, inutterable, and worse Then Fables yet have feign'd, or fear conceiv'd, GORGONS and HYDRA'S, and CHIMERA'S dire.