Usage examples for perverse

  1. Mostly his expression is very severe; but in milder moments he offers a perverse resemblance to some portraits of Washington. – Roman Holidays and Others by W. D. Howells
  2. Like an infant changed to nurse By fairies, you have undergone a nurtureship perverse; But this- these desert sands- these palms, and cedars waving wild, All, all, adopt thee as their own- an oriental child- The cloud may hide the sun awhile- but soon or late, no doubt, The spirit of your ancestry will burst and sparkle out! – The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by Thomas Hood
  3. More than once, moved by a perverse impulse, she had ventured of an evening down West Street toward the guard of soldiers in the hope of catching sight of him. – The Dwelling Place of Light, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009
  4. Helen seemed a new creature this morning, utterly tantalizing and not a little perverse. – The Desert Valley by Jackson Gregory
  5. Surely there never was a clearer case of a young gentleman's comfort destroyed, solely by other people's perverse determination to be happy in their own way instead of in his. – Melchior's Dream and Other Tales by Juliana Horatia Ewing
  6. Those little perverse concealments that wreck so many lives would vanish. – Pebbles on the Shore by Alpha of the Plough (Alfred George Gardiner)
  7. I think she hath thee much to heart, but, as the perverse heart of woman dictateth, behaveth much to the contrary. – Contemporary One-Act Plays Compiler: B. Roland Lewis by Sir James M. Barrie George Middleton Althea Thurston Percy Mackaye Lady Augusta Gregor Eugene Pillot Anton Tchekov Bosworth Crocker Alfred Kreymborg Paul Greene Arthur Hopkins Paul Hervieu Jeannette Marks Oscar M. Wolff David Pinski Beulah Bornstead Herma
  8. She is her own perverse, cruel Mooresque self, and she lives in New York as well as London. – Promenades of an Impressionist by James Huneker
  9. I- oh, I believe I am a giddy, perverse female, for I seem able to care for no man. – Janice Meredith by Paul Leicester Ford
  10. Andrew did it on principle, just as he did every perverse and wicked thing on principle. – Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw
  11. And the essential tragedy is this: the perverse and the wicked and the good and the pure alike are moved to disaster, as though they were dreaming and wished to awaken but could not, by unseen powers. – Life and Writings of Maurice Maeterlinck by Jethro Bithell
  12. It seemed as if Honora were actually perverse in the way she avoided his name. – The Precipice by Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  13. He had come in cold, tired, hungry, and, no doubt, bitterly sorrowful at the bottom of his perverse heart. – The Precipice by Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  14. How perverse," he said, looking at the ladies, " how perverse is the human heart. – The Billow and the Rock by Harriet Martineau
  15. Is he still in that perverse state of mind that afflicted you so much?" – Roderick Hudson by Henry James
  16. " You see, I couldn't sit down with that most perverse and obstinate man, Colbert, and feel sure that something or other would not occur which would make an outbreak between us, or, at any rate, bad feeling. – A Jolly Fellowship by Frank R. Stockton
  17. It is even suspected that the queen still retained so much of the woman, that she could never overcome her perverse dislike to name a successor; so that, according to this opinion, she died and left the crown to the mercy of a party! – Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3) by Isaac Disraeli
  18. Wonder not, that a perverse wife makes a listening husband. – Clarissa, Volume 5 (of 9) by Samuel Richardson
  19. At any other time her mind would have been arrested to admire the phrase; now it seemed perverse, vain, false, and she was tempted to turn the meaning that was in it against himself, much as she pitied him. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith