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
: wrong or different in a way that others feel is strange or offensive
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of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous
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