perverse

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From Old French pervers, from Latin perversum, past participle of pervertere > per- 'thoroughly' + vertere 'to turn'. So, "thoroughly turned".

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perverse (comparative more perverse, superlative most perverse)

  1. Turned aside; hence, specifically, turned away from the (morally) right; willfully erring; wicked; perverted.
  2. Obstinately in the wrong; stubborn; intractable; hence, wayward; vexing; contrary.
    • 2013 July 20, “Welcome to the plastisphere”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8845: 
      [The researchers] noticed many of their pieces of [plastic marine] debris sported surface pits around two microns across. [] Closer examination showed that some of these pits did, indeed, contain bacteria, and that in several cases these bacteria were dividing and thus, by the perverse arithmetic of biological terminology, multiplying.
  3. (law, of a verdict) Ignoring the evidence or the judge's opinions.

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Dutch[edit]

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perverse

  1. Inflected form of pervers

French[edit]

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perverse

  1. feminine form of pervers

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perverse

  1. inflected form of pervers

Italian[edit]

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perverse

  1. feminine plural of perverso

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perverse

  1. vocative masculine singular of perversus