showing deliberate determination to behave in a way that most people think is wrong, unacceptable, or unreasonable a perverse decision (= one that most people do not expect and think is wrong) She finds a perverse pleasure in upsetting her parents. Do you really mean that or are you just being deliberately perverse? For some perverse reason he is refusing to see a doctor. It would be perverse to quit now that we're almost finished.adjectivejump to other results
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adverb She seemed perversely proud of her criminal record. He couldn't bear to be near her, yet, perversely, he still found himself looking for her.
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NAmE//pərˈvərsət̮i//noun [uncountable] He refused to attend out of sheer perversity.