[ UK /pəvˈɜːs/ ]
[ US /pɝˈvɝs/ ]
  1. deviating from what is considered moral or right or proper or good
    depraved criminals
    a perverted sense of loyalty
    the reprobate conduct of a gambling aristocrat
  2. resistant to guidance or discipline
    a perverse mood
    Mary Mary quite contrary
    wayward behavior
    an obstinate child with a violent temper
  3. marked by a disposition to oppose and contradict
    took perverse satisfaction in foiling her plans
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How To Use perverse In A Sentence

  • I have what I call perverse desire, which I think is key to being an artist of any kind. FEATURED POET: REBECCA LOUDON
  • In a perverse way it might be quite fun. Times, Sunday Times
  • The way targets are being implemented is also having perverse effects. Times, Sunday Times
  • The rich subsidizers then perversely declare they cannot possibly expand trade with the poor world because of its shameful disrespect for the environment.
  • There is a curious and perverse incentive in the very concept of a lifetime allowance. Times, Sunday Times
  • but since the "literature" of the hack is so perverse and disturbing in its "message," the term clownish is too light and good natured to be appropriate. Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion
  • Hitchcock also a perverse thrill out of taking audiences on a voyeuristic roller - coaster ride.
  • I was fingering my car keys, wondering if my perverse appetite would last all the way to Tesco's and back, when I had a sudden brainwave.
  • One problem is that the calculation gives perverse results when companies have destroyed shareholder value. Times, Sunday Times
  • Taxi drivers as therapists may seem perverse, but more and more of us seem to be pouring our hearts out in the back of cabs.
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