Definition of perverse
- perverse verdict
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?
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
amiss, graceless, improper, inapposite, inappropriate, inapt, incongruous, incorrect, indecorous, inept, infelicitous, malapropos, unapt, unbecoming, unfit, unhappy, unseemly, unsuitable, untoward, wrong;
out of place, out of the way;
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