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perverse
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  • "Anywhere’s nowhere," said Miss Jellyby, stopping perversely.
  • Jarndyce and Jarndyce has warped him out of himself and perverted me in his eyes.
  • I was much disconcerted, but I reflected that if the main point were gained, it mattered little how strangely he perverted everything leading to it.
  • Writing was a trying business to Charley, who seemed to have no natural power over a pen, but in whose hand every pen appeared to become perversely animated, and to go wrong and crooked, and to stop, and splash, and sidle into corners like a saddle-donkey.
  • With a similar perverseness, the potatoes crumble off forks in the process of peeling, upheaving from their centres in every direction, as if they were subject to earthquakes.
  • …in, and sees a great perplexity of iron lying about in every stage and in a vast variety of shapes—in bars, in wedges, in sheets; in tanks, in boilers, in axles, in wheels, in cogs, in cranks, in rails; twisted and wrenched into eccentric and perverse forms as separate parts of machinery; mountains of it broken up, and rusty in its age; distant furnaces of it glowing and bubbling in its youth; bright fireworks of it showering about under the blows of the steam-hammer; red-hot iron,…

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  • She took perverse satisfaction in spoiling his plans.
  • a perverse mood

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