Perverse Definition

pər-vûrs, pûrvûrs
adjective
Deviating from what is considered right or good; wrong, improper, etc. or corrupt, wicked, etc.; specif., sexually perverted.
Webster's New World
Persisting in error or fault; stubbornly contrary.
Webster's New World
Characterized by or resulting from obstinacy or contrariness.
Webster's New World
Willfully opposing or resisting what is right, expected, or reasonable.
An understanding of the text that only a perverse reader could reach.
American Heritage
Obstinately disobedient or difficult; intractable.
Webster's New World
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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

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