Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Directed away from what is right or good; perverted.
  • adj. Obstinately persisting in an error or fault; wrongly self-willed or stubborn.
  • adj. Marked by a disposition to oppose and contradict.
  • adj. Arising from such a disposition.
  • adj. Cranky; peevish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Turned aside; hence, specifically, turned away from the (morally) right; willfully erring; wicked; perverted.
  • adj. Obstinately in the wrong; stubborn; intractable; hence, wayward; vexing; contrary.
  • adj. Ignoring the evidence or the judge's opinions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Turned aside; hence, specifically, turned away from the right; willfully erring; wicked; perverted.
  • adj. Obstinate in the wrong; stubborn; intractable; hence, wayward; vexing; contrary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Turned away or deviating from what is right, proper, correct, etc.; perverted.
  • Obstinate in the wrong; disposed to be contrary; stubborn; untractable; self-willed.
  • Cross; petulant; peevish; disposed to cross and vex.
  • Untoward: as, ‘event perverse!”
  • n. A geometrical form related to another (of which it is said t. be the perverse) as the form of the image of an object in a plane mirror is to that of the object itself.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. marked by a disposition to oppose and contradict
  • adj. resistant to guidance or discipline
  • adj. deviating from what is considered moral or right or proper or good

Etymologies

Middle English pervers, from Old French, from Latin perversus, past participle of pervertere, to pervert; see pervert.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • A scoundrel (bajingan) plots evil, and on their lips it is like a scorching fire. A PERVERSE (jahat) person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends. Proverbs 16:27-28.


    March 21, 2011