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perverse

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Definition not what is expected, or considered proper

or: having the opposite effect of what is desired
  • She took perverse satisfaction in spoiling his plans.
perverse = not what is expected, or considered proper

or: having the opposite effect of what is desired
  • a perverse mood
  • Discovering him, seeing his surprise, and presented at once with choices, Winnie's mind perversely went blank.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • perversely = in a manner that is the opposite of what is desired
  • Still there was something perverse in his searching. Like exhausting the least likely places first when looking for something lost.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • perverse = a deviation from what is considered reasonable or good
  • It was more than childish perversity,
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • perversity = not what is expected, or considered proper

    or: having the opposite effect of what is desired
  • I knew she was only doing it for her sick, perverted pleasure.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • perverted = deviated from what is considered reasonable, proper, or good
  • And then came, as if to my final and irrevocable overthrow, the spirit of PERVERSENESS.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • perverseness = not what is expected, or considered proper

    or: having the opposite effect of what is desired
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • 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
  • perverted = unpleasantly abnormal (deviation from what is considered reasonable, proper, or good)
  • Maybe that's kind of perverted or maybe it's just romantic and highly intelligent.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • perverted = a deviation from what is reasonable, proper, or good
  • She had wanted to cough as soon as it occurred to her that she mustn't, and she passed a long hour trying to swallow away the tickle that perversely constricted her throat.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • perversely = in a manner that is the opposite of what is desired
  • But human nature is perverse.
    Bronte, Charlotte  --  The Professor
  • In science, 'fact' can only mean 'confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.' I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.
    Stephen Jay Gould
  • ...you are perverse enough to provoke a saint
    Alcott, Louisa May  --  Little Women
  • What a curiously perverse opinion
    le Gallienne, Richard  --  The Quest of the Golden Girl
  • You have taken a perverse hatred to Frank; and you are unreasonably angry with me because I won't hate him, too.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  No Name
  • Frederica must be as much as sixteen, and ought to know better; but from what her mother insinuates, I am afraid she is a perverse girl.
    Austen, Jane  --  Lady Susan
  • 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
  • It angered her that Gus had been so perverse as to extract such a promise.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • Pity links us in a perverted way, transcending our veneers, joining us in our vulnerability, and at the same time distancing us from one another.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • Gaston's system seemed so perverse to him, but at the same time so effective, that he ventured to warn Amaranta Ursula.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude

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