Category: Word of the Day
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.
2: stubbornly directed toward wickedness or evil; corrupt or sinful.
The leader treated his people with perverse cruelty.
3: irritable or peevish.
He didn’t sleep well last night, so he’s liable to be perverse this morning.
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klok ənd dae gər
definition: involving espionage, esp. viewed as being overly dramatic.
The office had a cloak-and-dagger atmosphere.
an integral or necessary part of something.
“Suffering is part and parcel of extensive intelligence and a feeling heart.” Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
artificially or stiffly formal; pompous; affected.
It’s not enjoyable to read such stilted prose.
She sounds awfully stilted in her letters.
lə gu bri əs
sad or mournful, especiallyt in an exaggerated way; gloomy.
He’s been walking around with that lugubrious expression ever since his girlfriend left.