American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Directed away from what is right or good; perverted.
- adj. Obstinately persisting in an error or fault; wrongly self-willed or stubborn.
- adj. Marked by a disposition to oppose and contradict.
- adj. Arising from such a disposition.
- adj. Cranky; peevish.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Turned away or deviating from what is right, proper, correct, etc.; perverted.
- Obstinate in the wrong; disposed to be contrary; stubborn; untractable; self-willed.
- Cross; petulant; peevish; disposed to cross and vex.
- Untoward: as, ‘event perverse!” Synonyms Perverse, Froward, wilful, mulish. The derivations of perverse and froward suggest essentially the same idea. Froward, however, has reference only to one's attitude in regard to obedience, and chiefly, therefore, to the behavior of children; in Shakspere, of women. It is not used of a disobedient spirit toward civil law, and perverse is only indirectly so used. Perverse has reference to one's attitude, in both conduct and opinion. The perverse person is settled in habit and disposition of contrariness; he not only likes or dislikes, acts or refuses to act, by the rule of contradiction to the wishes, commands, or opinions of others, especially of those whom he ought to consider, but he is likely even to take pains to do or say that which he knows to be offensive or painful to them. Perversity may be found in a child, but it is so settled an element of character as to be rather the mark of an adult. See
- n. A geometrical form related to another (of which it is said t. be the perverse) as the form of image of an object in a plane mirror is to that of the object itself.
- adj. Turned aside; hence, specifically, turned away from the (morally) right; willfully erring; wicked; perverted.
- adj. Obstinately in the wrong; stubborn; intractable; hence, wayward; vexing; contrary.
- adj. law, of a verdict Ignoring the evidence or the judge's opinions.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Turned aside; hence, specifically, turned away from the right; willfully erring; wicked; perverted.
- adj. Obstinate in the wrong; stubborn; intractable; hence, wayward; vexing; contrary.
- adj. marked by a disposition to oppose and contradict
- adj. resistant to guidance or discipline
- adj. deviating from what is considered moral or right or proper or good
- Middle English pervers, from Old French, from Latin perversus, past participle of pervertere, to pervert; see pervert. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I have what I call perverse desire, which I think is key to being an artist of any kind.”
“For Mr. Kratsev, this idea - the trade-off between exit and voice - is the key to understanding what he describes as the "perverse" stability of Vladimir V.”
“For Mr. Krastev, this idea - the trade-off between exit and voice - is the key to understanding what he describes as the "perverse" stability of Vladimir Putin's Russia.”
“The word perverse doesn’t begin to do the event justice.”
“And just how schizophrenic and perverse is our culture?”
“As you all proclaim Teddy an icon, just remember, it was Teddy, who thru his own fault, left a woman to die so that he could save his political career, disgusting and perverse is how i will remember him. what a country.”
“And just because you find certain sex acts perverse is not a reason to deny equality before the law to same-sex couples.”
“Lefty Liberal, I must confess to a certain perverse desire to see these obese old fools try to get it up, given all the machismo bluster and weapon brandishing.”
“And that is part of why it would actually be perverse from a public policy perspective to forbid the banks in better shape right now from offering bonuses.”
“Among other things, the money helps offset the short-term perverse incentives they would otherwise have to clear their forests for the timber money or to make room for slash-and-burn agriculture.”
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