willfully determined or disposed to go counter to what is expected or desired; contrary.
characterized by or proceeding from such a determination or disposition:
a perverse mood.
wayward or cantankerous.
persistent or obstinate in what is wrong.
turned away from or rejecting what is right, good, or proper; wicked or corrupt.
deliberately deviating from what is regarded as normal, good, or proper
persistently holding to what is wrong
wayward or contrary; obstinate; cantankerous
mid-14c., “wicked,” from Old French pervers “unnatural, degenerate; perverse, contrary” (12c.) and directly from Latin perversus “turned away, contrary, askew,” figuratively, “turned away from what is right, wrong, malicious, spiteful,” past participle of pervertere “to corrupt” (see pervert (v.)). The Latin word is glossed in Old English by forcerred, from past participle of forcyrran “to avoid,” from cierran “to turn, return.” Meaning “wrong, not in accord with what is accepted” is from 1560s; sense of “obstinate, stubborn” is from 1570s. It keeps the non-sexual senses of pervert (v.) and allows the psychological ones to go with perverted. Related: Perversely; perverseness.
[per-vur-zhuh n, -shuh n] /pərˈvɜr ʒən, -ʃən/ noun 1. the act of . 2. the state of being . 3. a form of something. 4. any of various means of obtaining sexual gratification that are generally regarded as being abnormal. 5. Pathology. a change to what is unnatural or abnormal: a perversion of function or […]
[per-vur-si-tee] /pərˈvɜr sɪ ti/ noun, plural perversities for 2. 1. the state or quality of being . 2. an instance of this. /pəˈvɜːsɪtɪ/ noun (pl) -ties 1. the quality or state of being perverse 2. a perverse action, comment, etc n. 1520s, from Middle French perversité “depravity, degeneracy” (12c.), from Latin perversitatem (nominative perversitas) “forwardness, […]
[per-vur-siv] /pərˈvɜr sɪv/ adjective 1. tending to . /pəˈvɜːsɪv/ adjective 1. perverting or tending to pervert
[verb per-vurt; noun pur-vert] /verb pərˈvɜrt; noun ˈpɜr vərt/ verb (used with object) 1. to affect with . 2. to lead astray morally. 3. to turn away from the right course. 4. to lead into mental error or false judgment. 5. to turn to an improper use; misapply. 6. to misconstrue or misinterpret, especially deliberately; […]