Definition of perverse in English:
1(Of a person or their actions) showing a deliberate and obstinate desire to behave in a way that is unreasonable or unacceptable, often in spite of the consequences: Kate’s perverse decision not to cooperate
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- So his decision to show the way last night smacked of a perverse desire to prove something to himself and the world.
- I always have this perverse but burning desire to be scared, and it's hard for me to achieve this goal simply because it's hard for me to get scared.
- But I have this perverse desire to be shaved with a cut-throat razor - by an expert.
1.1Contrary to the accepted or expected standard or practice: in two general elections the outcome was quite perverse
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- There is sometimes in us a perverse refusal to accept or to believe in good, a deep-seated, hardened refusal which belittles or despises good.
- It is perverse because everyone accepts that regular exercise helps reduce the risk of heart attacks, high blood pressure, obesity and even depression.
- Now, this standard has a certain perverse appeal, at least if we felt it would be universally followed.
1.2 Law (Of a verdict) against the weight of evidence or the direction of the judge on a point of law.
- Where, however, a jury reaches a perverse verdict on the evidence, it is open to the Court of Appeal, to reverse that verdict.
- It could only do so if satisfied that the decision was so perverse that the judge must have fallen into error.
- It is a perverse verdict and it is a miscarriage of justice in relation to costs.
- In this strategy I am thankfully aided by Floyd, who is doubtless the most perverse sexual deviant ever to reside in our fair city of Wellington.
- And there's a sort of perverse sexiness, a kinky transgression, about wearing make-up with a bikini, like teaming high heels with a swimsuit.
- Coming to terms with sexuality is not perverse.
- [sentence adverb]: perversely, she felt nearer to tears now than at any other moment in the conversationMore example sentences
- Are we a life-affirming society or one that perversely courts death?
- It's perversely easy to misinterpret someone through the written word.
- Today, she is wearing a plain black ankle-length dress decorated with flowers, perversely projecting a rather saintly look.
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- This is partly because he is compassionate about the suffering of ordinary Europeans, but also exasperated by their masochism and perverseness.
- What distinguishes his recent work is an almost maternal sympathy for the perverseness of the human animal - and the twists in its fate.
- Such Delphic obscurity was not inspired by mere perverseness.
Words that rhyme with perverseamerce, asperse, averse, biodiverse, burse, coerce, converse, curse, diverse, Erse, hearse, immerse, intersperse, nurse, perse, purse, reimburse, submerse, terce, terse, transverse, verse, worse
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