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used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

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not what is expected, or considered proper

or: having the opposite effect of what is desired
  • —he liked basketball; perversely, perhaps, because it was a tall boy's game.
    p. 308.2
  • At the time, of course, it struck Owen and me that the Brinker-Smiths were dangerously oversexed; that they should make such reckless use of the dormitory beds, including—as we later learned—systematic process through all the rooms of Waterhouse Hall .... well, it was perverse behavior for parents, in Owen's and my view.
    p. 197.2

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