Definitions

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  • adv. In a perverse manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a perverse manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a perverse manner; stubbornly; with intent to vex; crossly; peevishly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. deliberately deviant
  • adv. in a contrary disobedient manner

Etymologies

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perverse +‎ -ly

Examples

  • GOD hath most excellent names; x therefore call on him by the same; and withdraw from those who use his name perversely: y they shall be rewarded for that which they shall have wrought.

    The Koran (Al-Qur'an)

  • In some ways, our insistence on painting a batterer in black and white terms perversely blames the victim.

    Forgiving Chris Brown - The Lede Blog - NYTimes.com

  • "I say 'perversely' because so many ISPs larger than Exetel and who presumably buy at much better rates than Exetel seem to think it's the end of the world since Telstra Retail announced their new ADSL2 plans."

    iTnews Australia

  • Cruelty "perversely" gives sympathy to the terrorists, Mora said, adding that it lessened the contrast between the United States and its enemies.

    mndaily.com - all articles

  • Chapter 3, "Perverse Outcomes" covers situations where people make rational choices intending for a certain outcome, but 'perversely' end up with results that are the opposite of what they are aiming for.

    Crawl Across the Ocean

  • I’ve been watching Gordon Ramsay’s ridiculous show “Kitchen Nightmares” on Fox for the last three weeks, and I really must admit, it’s the most deliberately pre-planned, same-thing-every-time reality show I’ve ever seen to the point where I actually kind of perversely enjoy it.

    Every Episode of “Kitchen Nightmares” In One Convenient Blog Post | Best Week Ever

  • Who else but HBO could truly do justice to an unexpurgated concert special showcasing the Madonna of the new millennium: the protean and prolific and perversely unpredictable Lady Gaga.

    Matt's Weekend Picks: May 6-8

  • That's what you think, she says, the corner of her mouth perversely upturned.

    The Investigator

  • As often happens in chase narratives, I found myself thinking like the fugitive and perversely rooting for him to get away.

    Manhunt Tales To Track Down

  • By then Shirer's German censors had become perversely difficult.

    A Talent for Being There

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