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perverse
used in The Mill on the Floss

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Definition
deviation from what is considered reasonable, proper, or good
  • He had rather a shrunken appearance, and was tremulous in the mornings, not from age, but from the extreme perversity of the King's Lorton boys, which nothing but gin could enable him to sustain with any firmness.
    2.4 -- Book 2 Chapter 4 -- "The Young Idea" (49% in)
  • For Kezia had not betrayed the reason of Maggie's refusal to come down, not liking to give her mistress a shock in the moment of carving, and Mrs. Tulliver thought there was nothing worse in question than a fit of perverseness, which was inflicting its own punishment by depriving Maggie of half her dinner.
    1.7 -- Book 1 Chapter 7 -- Enter the Aunts and Uncles (66% in)
  • At one time you take pleasure in a sort of perverse self-denial, and at another you have not resolution to resist a thing that you know to be wrong.
    6.4 -- Book 6 Chapter 4 -- Brother and Sister (73% in)
  • Thus, all that Lucy had effected by her zealous mediation was to fill Tom's mind with the expectation that Maggie's perverse resolve to go into a situation again would presently metamorphose itself, as her resolves were apt to do, into something equally perverse, but entirely different,—a marriage with Philip Wakem.
    6.12 -- Book 6 Chapter 12 -- A Family Party (99% in)
  • Thus, all that Lucy had effected by her zealous mediation was to fill Tom's mind with the expectation that Maggie's perverse resolve to go into a situation again would presently metamorphose itself, as her resolves were apt to do, into something equally perverse, but entirely different,—a marriage with Philip Wakem.
    6.12 -- Book 6 Chapter 12 -- A Family Party (**% in)
  • But don't blight our lives forever by a rash perversity that can answer no good purpose to any one, that can only create new evils.
    6.14 -- Book 6 Chapter 14 -- Waking (41% in)
  • The casuists have become a byword of reproach; but their perverted spirit of minute discrimination was the shadow of a truth to which eyes and hearts are too often fatally sealed,—the truth, that moral judgments must remain false and hollow, unless they are checked and enlightened by a perpetual reference to the special circumstances that mark the individual lot.
    7.2 -- Book 7 Chapter 2 -- St. Ogg's Passes Judgment (94% in)
  • From beginning to end it was a passionate cry of reproach; an appeal against her useless sacrifice of him, of herself, against that perverted notion of right which led her to crush all his hopes, for the sake of a mere idea, and not any substantial good,—_his_ hopes, whom she loved, and who loved her with that single overpowering passion, that worship, which a man never gives to a woman more than once in his life.
    7.5 -- Book 7 Chapter 5 -- The Last Conflict (23% in)

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