Something that's perverse is deviant — it's not completely acceptable, and it may be even a little strange. Your perverse sense of humor probably makes some of your friends laugh while others just look uncomfortable.

Something perverse is unusual, possibly somewhat weird, and even immoral, like that time the odd kid in class announced that a love poem was really all about lovingly poisoning squirrels and no one sat next to him for a week afterwards. That kid's perspective was perverse. Perverse can also mean "stubbornly contradictory" or "perverted." The word originally meant "wicked," from the Latin perversus, "turned away or askew," and figuratively, "turned away from what is right."

Definitions of perverse
  1. adjective
    deviating from what is considered moral or right or proper or good
    synonyms: depraved, perverted, reprobate
    lacking in integrity
  2. adjective
    marked by a disposition to oppose and contradict
    “took perverse satisfaction in foiling her plans”
    characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features
  3. adjective
    resistant to guidance or discipline
    “a perverse mood”
    synonyms: contrary, obstinate, wayward
    not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority
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