perverse

perverse

[per-vurs]
adjective
1.
willfully determined or disposed to go counter to what is expected or desired; contrary.
2.
characterized by or proceeding from such a determination or disposition: a perverse mood.
3.
wayward or cantankerous.
4.
persistent or obstinate in what is wrong.
5.
turned away from or rejecting what is right, good, or proper; wicked or corrupt.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English < Latin perversus facing the wrong way, askew, orig. past participle of pervertere. See pervert

perversely, adverb
perverseness, noun
nonperverse, adjective
nonperversely, adverb
nonperverseness, noun
unperverse, adjective
unperversely, adverb


1. contumacious, disobedient. 4. stubborn, headstrong. See willful. 5. evil, bad, sinful.


1. agreeable. 4. tractable.
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perverse (pəˈvɜːs)
 
adj
1.  deliberately deviating from what is regarded as normal, good, or proper
2.  persistently holding to what is wrong
3.  wayward or contrary; obstinate; cantankerous
4.  archaic perverted
 
[C14: from Old French pervers, from Latin perversus turned the wrong way]
 
per'versely
 
adv
 
per'verseness
 
n

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perverse
c.1369, "wicked," from O.Fr. pervers, from L. perversus "turned away (from what is right), contrary, askew," pp. of pervertere "to corrupt" (see pervert). The L. word is glossed in O.E. by forcerred, from p.p. of forcyrran "to avoid," from cierran "to turn, return." Meaning
"wrong, not in accord with what is accepted" is from c.1568; sense of "obstinate, stubborn" is from 1579. It keeps the non-sexual senses of pervert (v.) and allows the psychological ones to go with perverted.
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