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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 ?
Not that he treated me to any ingenious sophistries or paradoxical perversities.
An elegantly disquieting investigation into the interrelation of faith, violence, and sexual degradation, held together by a rivetingly sure-footed performance by German star Martina Gedeck ("The Lives of Others"), "Original Bliss" might be most impressive for how much it resembles its lead character: calm and orderly on the surface, but roiling with inchoate perversities underneath.
No ordinary collection of fiction, each piece is as clear as a bell, as sparkling as a jewel in its penetrating analysis of male ambiguities, perversities, and psychology.
Part of my education in understanding the paradoxical heavenly and hellish visions came from Blake, who gave us a devil who was terribly smart and full of wise perversities," he says.
Douglas notes that the these criminals' earliest act of violence is often the torture and/or killing of pets or wildlife, graduating to brutalizing younger siblings before taking intensified perversities into the streets or engaging in domestic violence.