perverse

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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. It was just his natural charm and humor, and a touch of sadness with it all., that appealed to something deeper than one's reason and one's sense of right.
Camille Henrot renders the dysfunctions and perversities of everyday life in an Umbrellas of Cherbourg palette that makes them all the more absurd.
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.
Yet homophobia, together with "heterosexism," are the only perversities that are to be excluded from the broad embrace of diversity.
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.