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perverse

per·verse

perverse

 
pronunciation:
pr vuhrs
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: stubbornly opposed to what is expected or requested of one, or marked by or inclined toward such an attitude.
Knowing how perverse he can be, I'm not surprised he refused to wear a tie to the funeral.She seems to take perverse pleasure in disappointing her parents.
synonyms:
contrary, willful, wrongheaded
antonyms:
accommodating, cooperative
similar words:
balky, contumacious, cross-grained, headstrong, intransigent, mulish, obdurate, obstinate, pigheaded, rebellious, stubborn
definition 2: stubbornly directed toward wickedness or evil; corrupt or sinful.
The leader treated his people with perverse cruelty.
synonyms:
aberrant, depraved, perverted
similar words:
corrupt, deviant, evil, iniquitous, profligate, queer, wanton, wicked
definition 3: irritable or peevish.
He didn't sleep well last night, so he's liable to be perverse this morning.
synonyms:
cantankerous, irritable, peevish, petulant
similar words:
atrabilious, bad-tempered, cranky, cross, grouchy, huffy, irascible, quarrelsome, querulous, short-tempered, splenetic, sulky, testy, touchy
derivations: perversely (adv.), perverseness (n.)
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