Perverse meaning

pər-vûrs, pûrvûrs
The definition of perverse is deliberately behaving badly or improperly, despite knowing that your actions are likely to have bad consequences.

An example of perverse is when you disobey your mother even as you know she is watching you disobey her direct order.

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Contrary to what is right or good; wicked or depraved.

A perverse world of sinners.

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Having an effect opposite to what is intended or expected.
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Characterized by or resulting from obstinacy or contrariness.
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(law, of a verdict) Ignoring the evidence or the judge's opinions.
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Persisting in error or fault; stubbornly contrary.
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Turned aside; hence, specifically, turned away from the (morally) right; willfully erring; wicked; perverted.
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Obstinately in the wrong; stubborn; intractable; hence, wayward; vexing; contrary.
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Deviating from what is considered right or good; wrong, improper, etc. or corrupt, wicked, etc.; specif., sexually perverted.
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Obstinately disobedient or difficult; intractable.
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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".

    From Wiktionary