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perverse
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

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Definition
not what is expected, or considered proper

or: having the opposite effect of what is desired
  • Like the prophet on the top of Peor, Izz Huett would fain have spoken perversely at such a moment, but the fascination exercised over her rougher nature by Tess's character compelled her to grace.
    5 — The Woman Pays (55% in)

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