Simple Definition of perverse
: wrong or different in a way that others feel is strange or offensive
Full Definition of perverse
2 a : obstinate in opposing what is right, reasonable, or accepted : wrongheaded b : arising from or indicative of stubbornness or obstinacy
3 : marked by peevishness or petulance : cranky
4 : marked by perversion
Examples of perverse
their perverse cruelty to animals
She has a perverse fascination with death.
He seems to take perverse pleasure in making things as difficult as possible.
His friends all enjoy his perverse sense of humor.
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
Medical Definition of perverse
: being, relating to, or characterized by perversion <perverse sexual behavior>
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