browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

perversemore about perverse

perverse


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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  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 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  perverse 
  adj  1:  marked  by  a  disposition  to  oppose  and  contradict;  "took 
  perverse  satisfaction  in  foiling  her  plans" 
  2:  resistant  to  guidance  or  discipline;  "Mary  Mary  quite 
  contrary";  "an  obstinate  child  with  a  violent  temper";  "a 
  perverse  mood";  "wayward  behavior"  [syn:  {contrary},  {obstinate}, 
  {wayward}] 
  3:  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"  [syn:  {depraved},  {immoral},  {perverted}, 
  {reprobate}] 




more about perverse