adjective per·verse \(ˌ)pər-ˈvərs, ˈpər-ˌ\

: wrong or different in a way that others feel is strange or offensive

Full Definition of PERVERSE

a :  turned away from what is right or good :  corrupt
b :  improper, incorrect
c :  contrary to the evidence or the direction of the judge on a point of law <perverse verdict>
a :  obstinate in opposing what is right, reasonable, or accepted :  wrongheaded
b :  arising from or indicative of stubbornness or obstinacy
:  marked by peevishness or petulance :  cranky
:  marked by perversion
per·verse·ly adverb
per·verse·ness noun
per·ver·si·ty \pər-ˈvər-sə-tē, -stē\ noun

Examples of PERVERSE

  1. their perverse cruelty to animals
  2. She has a perverse fascination with death.
  3. He seems to take perverse pleasure in making things as difficult as possible.
  4. His friends all enjoy his perverse sense of humor.
  5. Is this some kind of perverse joke?

Origin of PERVERSE

Middle English, from Anglo-French purvers, pervers, from Latin perversus, from past participle of pervertere
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of PERVERSE

contrary, perverse, restive, balky, wayward mean inclined to resist authority or control. contrary implies a temperamental unwillingness to accept orders or advice <a contrary child>. perverse may imply wrongheaded, determined, or cranky opposition to what is reasonable or normal <a perverse, intractable critic>. restive suggests unwillingness or inability to submit to discipline or follow orders <tired soldiers growing restive>. balky suggests a refusing to proceed in a desired direction or course of action <a balky witness>. wayward suggests strong-willed capriciousness and irregularity in behavior <a school for wayward youths>.
PERVERSE Defined for Kids


adjective per·verse \pər-ˈvərs\

Definition of PERVERSE for Kids

:  stubborn in being against what is right or sensible
:  wrong especially in a way that is strange or offensive
Medical Dictionary


adjective per·verse \pər-ˈvərs\

Medical Definition of PERVERSE

:  being, relating to, or characterized by perversion <perverse sexual behavior>


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