willfully determined or disposed to go counter to what is expected or desired; contrary.
characterized by or proceeding from such a determination or disposition:
a perverse mood.
wayward or cantankerous.
persistent or obstinate in what is wrong.
turned away from or rejecting what is right, good, or proper; wicked or corrupt.
1325–75; Middle English
< Latin perversus
facing the wrong way, askew, orig. past participle of pervertere.
perversely, adverbperverseness, nounnonperverse, adjectivenonperversely, adverbnonperverseness, noununperverse, adjectiveunperversely, adverb
contumacious, disobedient. 4.
stubborn, headstrong. See willful
evil, bad, sinful.