An example of perverse is when you disobey your mother even as you know she is watching you disobey her direct order.
A perverse world of sinners.
Origin of perverse
- Middle English pervers from Old French from Latin perversus past participle of pervertere to pervert pervert
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin perversum, past participle of pervertere > per- 'thoroughly' + vertere 'to turn'. So, "thoroughly turned".