perverse

  • 1 Perverse — Per*verse , a. [L. perversus turned the wrong way, not right, p. p. of pervertereto turn around, to overturn: cf. F. pervers. See {Pervert}.] 1. Turned aside; hence, specifically, turned away from the right; willfully erring; wicked; perverted.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 perverse — perverse, pervert, perverted 1. Perverse and perverted, both derived from the Latin root pervertere ‘to turn away’ (from what is normal or correct), are easily confused. Perverse means ‘stubbornly unreasonable’ (usually of actions or… …

    Modern English usage

  • 3 perverse — I adjective bad, bad natured, bad tempered, base, bellicose, belligerent, boorish, bumptious, cantankerous, captious, churlish, contemptible, contrary, contumacious, contumelious, corrupt, corrupted, crabbed, cranky, cross, crusty, debauched,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 perverse — (adj.) mid 14c., wicked, from O.Fr. pervers, from L. perversus turned away (from what is right), contrary, askew, pp. of pervertere to corrupt (see PERVERT (Cf. pervert) (v.)). The Latin word is glossed in Old English by forcerred, from pp. of… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 perverse — *contrary, restive, balky, froward, wayward Analogous words: *unruly, ungovernable, recalcitrant, refractory: *obstinate, stubborn, mulish, pigheaded, stiff necked: fractious, *irritable, peevish …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 perverse — [adj] mean, ornery; troublesome abnormal, bad tempered, cantankerous, capricious, contradictory, contrary, contumacious, corrupt, crabby*, cross, degenerate, delinquent, depraved, deviant, disobedient, dogged*, erring, fractious, hard nosed*,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 perverse — ► ADJECTIVE 1) showing a deliberate and obstinate desire to behave unacceptably. 2) contrary to that which is accepted or expected. 3) sexually perverted. DERIVATIVES perversely adverb perverseness noun perversity noun (pl. perversities) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 perverse — [pər vʉrs′] adj. [ME pervers < OFr < L perversus, pp. of pervertere: see PERVERT] 1. deviating from what is considered right or good; wrong, improper, etc. or corrupt, wicked, etc.; perverted 2. persisting in error or fault; stubbornly… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 perverse — ● pervers, perverse adjectif et nom (latin perversus, de pervertere, pervertir) Qui est enclin à faire le mal et qui le tente par des moyens détournés : Un être pervers qui espère votre échec. Dont les instincts sexuels se manifestent par un… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 10 perverse — adj. perverse to + inf. (it was perverse to behave like that) * * * [pə vɜːs] perverse to + inf. (it was perverse to behave like that) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11 perverse — [[t]pə(r)vɜ͟ː(r)s[/t]] ADJ GRADED: oft it v link ADJ to inf (disapproval) Someone who is perverse deliberately does things that are unreasonable or that result in harm for themselves. It would be perverse to stop this healthy trend...… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 perverse — adj. VERBS ▪ be, seem, sound ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very, etc. ▪ deeply …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 perverse — adjective 1) he is being deliberately perverse Syn: awkward, contrary, difficult, unreasonable, uncooperative, unhelpful, obstructive, disobliging, recalcitrant, stubborn, obstinate, obdurate, mulish, pigheaded, bullheaded; formal refractory …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 14 perverse — adjective 1) he is being deliberately perverse Syn: awkward, contrary, difficult, unreasonable, uncooperative, unhelpful, obstructive, stubborn, obstinate; Brit.; informal bloody minded 2) a verdict that is manifestly perverse …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 15 perverse — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French purvers, pervers, from Latin perversus, from past participle of pervertere Date: 14th century 1. a. turned away from what is right or good ; corrupt b. improper, incorrect c. contrary to the… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 perverse — perversely, adv. perverseness, n. /peuhr verrs /, adj. 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.… …

    Universalium

  • 17 perverse — per·verse pər vərs adj being, relating to, or characterized by perversion <perverse sexual behavior> …

    Medical dictionary

  • 18 perverse — per|verse [pəˈvə:s US pərˈvə:rs] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of pervertere; PERVERT1] behaving in an unreasonable way, especially by deliberately doing the opposite of what people want you to do ▪ He gets perverse… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 perverse — per|verse [ pər vɜs ] adjective determined to behave in an unreasonable way, especially by doing the opposite of what is expected or wanted: It is simply perverse to refuse a perfectly safe treatment. ╾ per|verse|ly adverb ╾ per|verse|ness noun… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 perverse — adjective continuing to behave in an unreasonable way, especially by deliberately doing the opposite of what people want you to do: He gets some kind of perverse satisfaction from embarrassing people. perversely adverb perverseness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English