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Definition of "perverse" []

  • Directed away from what is right or good; perverted. (adjective)
  • Obstinately persisting in an error or fault; wrongly self-willed or stubborn. (adjective)
  • Marked by a disposition to oppose and contradict. (adjective)
  • Arising from such a disposition. (adjective)
  • Cranky; peevish. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "perverse" in a sentence
  • "I have what I call perverse desire, which I think is key to being an artist of any kind."
  • "For Mr. Kratsev, this idea - the trade-off between exit and voice - is the key to understanding what he describes as the "perverse" stability of Vladimir V."
  • "For Mr. Krastev, this idea - the trade-off between exit and voice - is the key to understanding what he describes as the "perverse" stability of Vladimir Putin's Russia."