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Pérverse. adj. [pervers, Fr. pervursus, Lat.]

  1. Distorted from the right.

                    And nature breeds
    Perverse, all monstrous, all prodigious things.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Milton, John (449) · Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (46)

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