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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of pervertere; PERVERT1

perverse

adjective
     
per‧verse
behaving in an unreasonable way, especially by deliberately doing the opposite of what people want you to do:
He gets perverse satisfaction from embarrassing people.
perversely adverb:
Perversely, she was irritated by his kindness.

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