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Synonyms for perverse
pərˈvɜrsper·verse

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. perverse

    Perverse (Latin perversus, turned the wrong way) signifies wilfully wrong or erring, unreasonably set against right, reason, or authority. The stubborn or obstinate person will not do what another desires or requires; the perverse person will do anything contrary to what is desired or required of him. The petulant person frets, but may comply; the perverse individual may be smooth or silent, but is wilfully intractable. Wayward refers to a perverse disregard of morality and duty; froward is practically obsolete; untoward is rarely heard except in certain phrases; as, untoward circumstances. Compare OBSTINATE.

    Synonyms:
    contrary, factious, fractious, froward, intractable, obstinate, petulant, stubborn, ungovernable, untoward, wayward, wilful

    Antonyms:
    accommodating, amenable, complaisant, compliant, genial, governable, kind, obliging

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. perverse

    Synonyms:
    froward, untoward, stubborn, fractious, wayward, unmanageable, intractable, crochety

    Antonyms:
    docile, ductile, amenable, governable, complacent, accommodating, pleasant, obliging

Princeton's WordNet

  1. perverseadjective

    marked by a disposition to oppose and contradict

    "took perverse satisfaction in foiling her plans"

    Synonyms:
    depraved, perverted, reprobate, obstinate, contrary, wayward

    Antonyms:
    neutral, obedient, positive, incorrupt

  2. contrary, obstinate, perverse, waywardadjective

    resistant to guidance or discipline

    "Mary Mary quite contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a perverse mood"; "wayward behavior"

    Synonyms:
    depraved, obdurate, unrepentant, obstinate, wayward, perverted, reprobate, stubborn, cussed, unregenerate, contrary, adverse

    Antonyms:
    positive, incorrupt, obedient, neutral

  3. depraved, perverse, perverted, reprobateadjective

    deviating from what is considered moral or right or proper or good

    "depraved criminals"; "a perverted sense of loyalty"; "the reprobate conduct of a gambling aristocrat"

    Synonyms:
    depraved, misrepresented, obstinate, wayward, perverted, twisted, kinky, contrary, reprobate, distorted

    Antonyms:
    positive, obedient, neutral, incorrupt

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. perverseadjective

    Synonyms:
    distorted (from the right), bad

  2. perverseadjective

    Synonyms:
    obstinate, stubborn, wilful, dogged, mulish, untractable, unyielding, headstrong, pertinacious, wayward, CANTANKEROUS, PIG-HEADED

  3. perverseadjective

    Synonyms:
    cross, petulant, waspish, captious, snappish, touchy, testy, crusty, churlish, crabbed, froward, morose, surly, snarling, ill-tempered, ill-natured

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. perverseadjective

    Synonyms:
    perverted, misdirected, erring, depraved, vitiated, intractable, obstinate, stubborn, contrary, headstrong, indocile

    Antonyms:
    obedient

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "perverse":

    perverted, pernicious, warped, absurd, evil, wicked, kinky, vicious, adverse, distorted

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How to use perverse in a sentence?

  1. Caitlin Oakley:

    Actions announced today on list prices further illustrate the perverse incentives of America's drug pricing system, drug companies raising their prices and offsetting them with higher rebates benefits everyone but the consumer, who routinely pays out of pocket based on list price.

  2. Adam Schiff:

    But he (Trump) may get us there, he certainly seems to be trying and maybe this is his perverse way of dividing us more ... he thinks that's to his political advantage, but it's certainly not to the country's advantage.

  3. Abby Johnson:

    Pro-choice advocates contend that abortion is an essential and time-sensitive medical service.While people everywhere are trying to survive the COVID-19 pandemic, politicians like Gov. Abbott continue this perverse obsession with banning abortion, those who are caring for their families, forced to work essential jobs, and doing what they can to stay healthy need access to health care right now. Instead, these politicians are forcing patients to travel hundreds of miles putting themselves and their families at risk. Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser praised the stayorder. We are pleased that the Court recognized the urgency and necessity of Governor Abbotts order. All elective surgeries and procedures, including abortions, must cease during this national crisis, Dannenfelser said in a statement provided to Fox News. At a time when millions of Americans are making heroic sacrifices to protect the vulnerable, and legitimate health care workers risk their own lives to care for COVID-19 patients with crucial protective equipment in short supply, the abortion industry led by Planned Parenthood demands special treatment anddiverts scarce resources.

  4. Joe Berlinger:

    It was not an easy decision on their part and they had to think long and hard about it, and I think some of them still feel ambivalent about participating… One of the results of… ‘In Cold Blood' is that we have a lot of sympathy for the killers, because of how Truman Capote told that story… not excusing them for what they did, but seeing them as three-dimensional human beings. ..[and] all of these films kind of celebrate the killers in a perverse way…. the family felt very violated by the experience. They felt violated by ‘In Cold Blood.’.

  5. Sophocles:

    Men of perverse opinion do not know the excellence of what is in their hands, till some one dash it from them.


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