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perverse

[per-vurs] /pərˈvɜrs/
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
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Latin perversus facing the wrong way, askew, orig. past participle of pervertere. See pervert
Related forms
perversely, adverb
perverseness, noun
nonperverse, adjective
nonperversely, adverb
nonperverseness, noun
unperverse, adjective
unperversely, adverb
Synonyms
1. contumacious, disobedient. 4. stubborn, headstrong. See willful. 5. evil, bad, sinful.
Antonyms
1. agreeable. 4. tractable.
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British Dictionary definitions for perverseness

perverse

/pəˈvɜːs/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
perversely, adverb
perverseness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French pervers, from Latin perversus turned the wrong way
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Word Origin and History for perverseness

perverse

adj.

mid-14c., "wicked," from Old French pervers "unnatural, degenerate; perverse, contrary" (12c.) and directly from Latin perversus "turned away, contrary, askew," figuratively, "turned away from what is right, wrong, malicious, spiteful," past participle of pervertere "to corrupt" (see pervert (v.)). The Latin word is glossed in Old English by forcerred, from past participle of forcyrran "to avoid," from cierran "to turn, return." Meaning "wrong, not in accord with what is accepted" is from 1560s; sense of "obstinate, stubborn" is from 1570s. It keeps the non-sexual senses of pervert (v.) and allows the psychological ones to go with perverted. Related: Perversely; perverseness.

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