Pérverse. adj. [pervers, Fr. pervursus, Lat.]
- Distorted from the right.
And nature breeds
Perverse, all monstrous, all prodigious things. Milton.
- Obstinate in the wrong; stubborn; untractable.
Then for the testimony of truth hast born
Universal reproach; far worse to bear
Than violence; for this was all thy care
To stand approv'd in sight of God, though worlds
Judg'd thee perverse. Milton's Paradise Lost.
To so perverse a sex all grace is vain,
It gives them courage to offend again. Dryden.
- Petulant; vexatious.
Oh gentle Romeo,
If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully,
Or if you think I am too quickly won,
I'll frown and be perverse, and say thee nay,
So thou wilt wooe: but else not for the world. Shakesp.