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perverse
used in Northanger Abbey

2 uses
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Definition
not what is expected, or considered proper

or: having the opposite effect of what is desired
  • But when a young lady is to be a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her.
    Chapter 1 (93% in)
  • Nay, perverse as it seemed, she doubted whether she might not have felt less, had she been less attended to.
    Chapter 20 (6% in)

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