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She took perverse satisfaction in spoiling his plans.
  deviation from what is considered reasonable, proper, or good
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perverse perverted perversely perversity perverseness perversities
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  • She took perverse satisfaction in spoiling his plans.
  • a perverse mood
  • And then came, as if to my final and irrevocable overthrow, the spirit of PERVERSENESS.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • And since everyone at school already had a perverted image of me after Justin’s little number, I was the perfect choice, wasn’t I?
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why

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  • I knew she was only doing it for her sick, perverted pleasure.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • It was more than childish perversity,
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • Discovering him, seeing his surprise, and presented at once with choices, Winnie’s mind perversely went blank.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • Maybe that’s kind of perverted or maybe it’s just romantic and highly intelligent.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • Still there was something perverse in his searching. Like exhausting the least likely places first when looking for something lost.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • That sounds perverted.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory

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  • Which was strange, since Amy had decided she didn’t want kids, and she’d reiterated this fact several times, but the tears gave me a perverse wedge of hope that maybe she was changing her mind.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Maybe I’m some sort of perverted cartoon-sexual.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • "It’s almost perverse," he said, "having so much athletic equipment here when there’s no athletic aptitude at all.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • They believed they had discovered a method by which the function of time loops could be perverted to confer upon the user a kind of immortality; not merely the suspension of aging, but the reversal of it.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • My interactions with him had grown unpleasant, as I resented the fact that I worked for the nastiest man in construction services, and he seemed to take perverse pleasure in treating me in as degrading a manner as he could devise.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • In her stolen moments when she hadn’t been working, Gabby’s guilty pleasure was watching Judge Judy on television, and Travis had always teased her about the way she took an almost perverse delight in the antics of those unfortunate enough to find themselves in Judge Judy’s courtroom.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • It probably shows a perverse element of my personality that even though I was finally inside the Archives, surrounded by endless secrets, that I was drawn to the one locked door I had found.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • She didn’t miss a note, but the feeling in the playing was utterly perverse to what it should have been, as though she were critiquing rather than exploring the compositions.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • A perverse and solitary desire.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • It’s just that some perverse bit of me had begun to question my own attractiveness.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Part of me took perverse satisfaction in the way he stomped the guitar until it was reduced to kindling and wires.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • I am sure this man was one of the ones who roamed the camp shooting people, either following Goeth’s orders or just for his own perverse entertainment.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • It seemed perverse that someone so mobile did not own a mobile phone.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • I don’t know if this perverse conversation is real, but it must be because I don’t think I could imagine this.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • A couple of the other boys were teaching the mainland kids the island’s perverted version of basketball.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • He abandoned politeness; he became aggressive and perverse, over a secret nervousness.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Old Stingo, I mused as she climbed upward, there must be some perversity in this dorsal fixation.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Perversely I long for the desserts of my childhood, the desserts of war, simple and inexpensive and bland: tapioca pudding, with its gelatinous fish eyes, Jell-O caramel pudding, Junket.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Her own tightly marceled waves suffered from no such perversity.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • And yet, perversely, this only made me long even more to have the painting close to hand, to look at whenever I wanted.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • How ridiculous, how perverse I would feel presenting that painted Capitol mask to these people.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • There is no freak exhibitionism here, no perverted striving for novelty, no orgy of unbridled egotism.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The witch-hunt was a perverse manifestation of the panic which set in among all classes when the balance began to turn toward greater individual freedom.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • I’ve always thought the Giant’s Drink was the most perverted part at the whole mind game, but going for the eye like that. this is the one we want to put in command of our fleets?
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Never did a perverse nature declare itself more prematurely, and yet it was not owing to any fault in his bringing up.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He had already cheated me in one world war but would later be put into another (as a perverse kind of reward), where he would somehow manage to avoid me again.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • It was the thought of these intimacies in particular, which she imagined as painful acts of perversity, that filled her with dread and made her break out in a sweat.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • She comprehended the perversity of life, that in the struggle lies the joy.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • And because, Mademoiselle, human nature is perverse, I ask of you quite different questions.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • Unfortunately, the United States military has also perverted the pentacle; it’s now our foremost symbol of war.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • I tried to keep a small part of me dry and warm, around my chest, where I had placed the survival manual, but the wetness spread with perverse determination.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Are they in harmony with the sympathies of Christ? or are they swayed and perverted by the sophistries of worldly policy?
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • This girl had always been the favourite of her father, but through a strange perversity, her mother could not endure her, and after the death of M. Moritz, treated her very ill.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • In my mind I invented snmyhymns, as I call them, my own perverse hymns that can be sung equally well forward or backward: Evil, all its sin is still alive!
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • His own parents, in some mood of perverseness or resignation, had agreed to abide by a naming done to them by somebody who couldn’t have cared less.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Vittoria looked at Kohler and then at Langdon, wondering if this was some kind of perverse joke.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • For his mother, with unnatural perversity, loved him best of all her children, and made a perpetual fuss over him—would let him do anything undisturbed, and would burst into tears when his fretting drove Jurgis wild.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • The lack of this bond is why Galbatorix’s partnership with Shruikan, his second dragon, is such a perverted union.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • O gentle Romeo, If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully: Or if thou thinkest I am too quickly won, I’ll frown, and be perverse, and say thee nay, So thou wilt woo: but else, not for the world.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
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