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 Dictionary entry overview: What does perverse mean? 

PERVERSE (adjective)
  The adjective PERVERSE has 3 senses:

1. marked by a disposition to oppose and contradict
2. resistant to guidance or discipline
3. marked by immorality; deviating from what is considered right or proper or good

  Familiarity information: PERVERSE used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

PERVERSE (adjective)

Sense 1perverse [BACK TO TOP]


Marked by a disposition to oppose and contradict

Context example:

took perverse satisfaction in foiling her plans


negative (characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features)

Sense 2perverse [BACK TO TOP]


Resistant to guidance or discipline


wayward; perverse; obstinate; contrary

Context examples:

Mary Mary quite contrary / an obstinate child with a violent temper / a perverse mood / wayward behavior


disobedient (not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority)

Sense 3perverse [BACK TO TOP]


Marked by immorality; deviating from what is considered right or proper or good


depraved; reprobate; perverse; perverted; immoral

Context examples:

depraved criminals / a perverted sense of loyalty / the reprobate conduct of a gambling aristocrat


corrupt (lacking in integrity)

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