from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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. Ignoring the evidence or the judge's opinions.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The 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!”
- n. A geometrical form related to another (of which it is said t. be the perverse) as the form of the image of an object in a plane mirror is to that of the object itself.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)