AskDefine | Define perverse

Dictionary Definition

perverse adj
1 marked by a disposition to oppose and contradict; "took perverse satisfaction in foiling her plans"
2 resistant to guidance or discipline; "Mary Mary quite contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a perverse mood"; "wayward behavior" [syn: contrary, obstinate, wayward]
3 marked by immorality; deviating from what is considered right or proper or good; "depraved criminals"; "a perverted sense of loyalty"; "the reprobate conduct of a gambling aristocrat" [syn: depraved, immoral, perverted, reprobate]

User Contributed Dictionary





  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.
  3. In the context of "law|of a verdict": Ignoring the evidence or the judge's opinions.


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




  1. Feminine plural form of perverso

Extensive Definition

Perversion is a term and concept describing those types of human behavior that are perceived to be a serious deviation from what is considered to be orthodox or normal. Although it can refer to varying forms of deviation, it is most often used to describe sexual behaviors that are seen as abnormal or excessive. Perversion differs from deviant behavior, since the latter refers to a recognized violation of social rules or norms (although the two terms can apply to the same thing). It is often considered derogatory and in psychological literature the term paraphilia is now used instead, though this term is controversial.
The concept of perversion is somewhat subjective However, homosexuality is no longer treated as a disorder in mainstream psychiatry (see Homosexuality and psychology).
The verb pervert is less narrow in reference than the related nouns, and may be used with no sexual connotations. One might say, for example, that a modern film version of Romeo and Juliet "perverts" Shakespeare's version of the story.
The noun sometimes occurs in abbreviated slang form as "perv", and the adjective "pervy" also occurs. Both are often, but not exclusively, used non-seriously.


perverse in Danish: Perversion
perverse in German: Perversion
perverse in French: Perversion
perverse in Italian: Perversione
perverse in Portuguese: Perversão
perverse in Russian: Извращение
perverse in Swedish: Perversion

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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