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 (pər-vûrs′, pûr′vûrs′)
1. Contrary to what is right or good; wicked or depraved: a perverse world of sinners.
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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.perverseness - deliberate and stubborn unruliness and resistance to guidance or discipline
fractiousness, unruliness, wilfulness, willfulness - the trait of being prone to disobedience and lack of discipline
cussedness, orneriness - meanspirited disagreeable contrariness
2.perverseness - deliberately deviating from what is good; "there will always be a few people who, through macho perversity, gain satisfaction from bullying and terrorism"
evilness, evil - the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice; "attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world"
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فَساد، إنْحِراف


n (of idea)Abwegigkeit f; (= perverted nature)Perversität f, → Widernatürlichkeit f
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(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
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References in classic literature ?
And then came, as if to my final and irrevocable overthrow, the spirit of PERVERSENESS. Of this spirit philosophy takes no account.
I am sure I cannot say that it HAD, but while Miss Summers declares that Miss Vernon showed no signs of obstinacy or perverseness during her whole stay in Wigmore Street, till she was detected in this scheme, I cannot so readily credit what Lady Susan has made him, and wants to make me believe, that it was merely an impatience of restraint and a desire of escaping from the tuition of masters which brought on the plan of an elopement.
Are those who have been disappointed in their first choice, whether from the inconstancy of its object, or the perverseness of circumstances, to be equally indifferent during the rest of their lives?"
But this untractableness may be carried too far, and may degenerate into obstinacy, perverseness, or disingenuity.
But when a young lady is to be a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her.
But the success has not hitherto been answerable, partly by some error in the QUANTUM or composition, and partly by the perverseness of lads, to whom this bolus is so nauseous, that they generally steal aside, and discharge it upwards, before it can operate; neither have they been yet persuaded to use so long an abstinence, as the prescription requires.
The forbearance can only have proceeded from an irresistible conviction of the absurdity of subjecting the fate of twelve States to the perverseness or corruption of a thirteenth; from the example of inflexible opposition given by a MAJORITY of one sixtieth of the people of America to a measure approved and called for by the voice of twelve States, comprising fifty-nine sixtieths of the people an example still fresh in the memory and indignation of every citizen who has felt for the wounded honor and prosperity of his country.
It seemed a strange instance of perverseness in this man thus to fling himself off alone, in a savage region, where solitude itself was dismal, and every encounter with his fellow-man full of peril.
And such is the perverseness of human nature--I am frank, you see--I love you for that too.
"I have therefore always thought it unreasonable in parents to desire to chuse for their children on this occasion; since to force affection is an impossible attempt; nay, so much doth love abhor force, that I know not whether, through an unfortunate but uncurable perverseness in our natures, it may not be even impatient of persuasion.
Linton had slid from his seat on to the hearthstone, and lay writhing in the mere perverseness of an indulged plague of a child, determined to be as grievous and harassing as it can.
Tulliver thought there was nothing worse in question than a fit of perverseness, which was inflicting its own punishment by depriving Maggie of half her dinner.