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Definitions of perverse

  1. resistant to guidance or discipline; "Mary Mary quite contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a perverse mood"; "wayward behavior" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. marked by immorality; deviating from what is considered right or proper or good; "depraved criminals"; "a perverted sense of loyalty"; "the reprobate conduct of a gambling aristocrat" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. marked by a disposition to oppose and contradict; "took perverse satisfaction in foiling her plans" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. Turned aside; hence, specifically, turned away from the right; willfully erring; wicked; perverted. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Obstinate in the wrong; stubborn; intractable; hence, wayward; vexing; contrary. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Perversely. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. Wilfully wrong; obstinate; stubborn; way ward. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Perverseness. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. Perverted or turned aside: obstinate in the wrong: stubborn: vexatious. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. PERVERSENESS, PERVERSITY. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. Obstinate in the wrong; froward. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. Perversity. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. Wilfully wrong; unreasonable; refractory; petulant. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. Turned aside; obstinate in the wrong; stubborn; untractable; cross; disposed to thwart and vex. See Pervert. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. Stubborn; untractable; obstinate in the wrong; petulant; vexatious. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. per-v[.e]rs', adj. turned aside: obstinate in the wrong: stubborn: vexatious.--adv. PERVERSE'LY.--ns. PERVERSE'NESS, PERVER'SITY, state or quality of being perverse: inclination to oppose: wickedness.--adj. PERVER'SIVE, tending to pervert. [L. perversus, turned the wrong way.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  17. Persistent in error; different from what is reasonable or required; way ward; peevish; perverted, wicked; (of verdict) against weight of evidence or judge\'s direction. Hence or cogn. perversely adv., perverseness, perversity, nn. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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