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
perversityplay \pər-ˈvər-sə-tē, -stē\ noun
Examples of perverse in a sentence
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 and Etymology 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
PERVERSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of perverse for English Language Learners
: wrong or different in a way that others feel is strange or offensive
PERVERSE Defined for Kids
Definition of perverse for Students
1 : stubborn in being against what is right or sensible
2 : wrong especially in a way that is strange or offensive
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