One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he is being deliberately perverse’
awkward, contrary, difficult, unreasonable, uncooperative, unhelpful, obstructive, disobliging, unaccommodating, troublesome, tiresome, annoying, vexatious, obstreperous, disobedient, unmanageable, uncontrollable, recalcitrant, refractory, rebellious
wilful, headstrong, self-willed, capricious, wayward, cross-grained, stubborn, obstinate, obdurate, pertinacious, mulish, pig-headed, bull-headed, intractable, intransigent, inflexible
British informal bloody-minded, bolshie, stroppy
North American informal balky
archaic froward, contumacious
2‘juries often come up with a verdict that is manifestly perverse’
illogical, irrational, unreasonable, contradictory, wrong, wrong-headed, incorrect, irregular, inappropriate, unorthodox
North American informal backasswards
3‘an evil life dedicated to perverse pleasure’
perverted, depraved, unnatural, abnormal, deviant, degenerate, immoral, warped, twisted, corrupt
wicked, base, evil
informal kinky, sick, pervy, sicko
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