An example of perverse is when you disobey your mother even as you know she is watching you disobey her direct order.
- deviating from what is considered right or good; wrong, improper, etc. or corrupt, wicked, etc.; specif., sexually perverted
- persisting in error or fault; stubbornly contrary
- obstinately disobedient or difficult; intractable
- characterized by or resulting from obstinacy or contrariness
Origin of perverseMiddle English pervers from Old French from Classical Latin perversus, past participle of pervertere: see pervert
- 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.
- 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 )
Origin of perverseMiddle English pervers from Old French from Latin perversus past participle of pervertere to pervert ; see pervert .
(comparative more perverse, superlative most perverse)
- From Latin perversum, past participle of pervertere > per- 'thoroughly' + vertere 'to turn'. So, "thoroughly turned".