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Meaning of PERVERSE

Pronunciation:  pur'vurs

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  marked by immorality; deviating from what is considered right or proper or good; "depraved criminals"; "a perverted sense of loyalty"; "the reprobate conduct of a gambling aristocrat"
  2. [adj]  resistant to guidance or discipline; "Mary Mary quite contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a perverse mood"; "wayward behavior"
  3. [adj]  marked by a disposition to oppose and contradict; "took perverse satisfaction in foiling her plans"

PERVERSE is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: contrary, corrupt, depraved, disobedient, immoral, negative, obstinate, perverted, reprobate, wayward



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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 only righteous in a word perverse. --Milton.

2. Obstinate in the wrong; stubborn; intractable; hence,
   wayward; vexing; contrary.

         To so perverse a sex all grace is vain. --Dryden.

Syn: Froward; untoward; wayward; stubborn; ungovernable;
     intractable; cross; petulant; vexatious.

Usage: {Perverse}, {Froward}. One who is froward is
       capricious, and reluctant to obey. One who is perverse
       has a settled obstinacy of will, and likes or dislikes
       by the rule of contradiction to the will of others.

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