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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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#230741froward

How to use perverse in a sentence?

  1. Sophocles:

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

  2. Seth Winter:

    It sounds a little bit distorted or perverse, whatever the appropriate word is, but it just raises awareness that there are Olympic Games going on in South America and you'd have to be hibernating under a rock not to understand that.

  3. 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.’.

  4. John Murdy:

    ‘ American Horror Story ’ is one of the most disturbing television shows ever produced, and with such perverse storylines unfolding with each installment, ‘ Halloween Horror Nights ’ is undoubtedly the only place that could create a living version of the nightmares that Ryan Murphy dreams up.

  5. Arturo Gonzalez de Aragon:

    In Mexico, no one gets punished, if you don’t punish anyone, impunity becomes a perverse incentive for corruption.

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