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 for perverse
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Perverse \Per*verse"\ (p[~e]r*v[~e]rs"), a. [L. perversus turned
     the wrong way, not right, p. p. of pervertereto turn around,
     to overturn: cf. F. pervers. See Pervert.]
     1. Turned aside; hence, specifically, turned away from the
        right; willfully erring; wicked; perverted.
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              The only righteous in a world perverse. --Milton.
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     2. Obstinate in the wrong; stubborn; intractable; hence,
        wayward; vexing; contrary.
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              To so perverse a sex all grace is vain. --Dryden.
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     Syn: Froward; untoward; wayward; stubborn; ungovernable;
          intractable; cross; petulant; vexatious.
  
     Usage: Perverse, Froward. One who is froward is
            capricious, and reluctant to obey. One who is perverse
            has a settled obstinacy of will, and likes or dislikes
            by the rule of contradiction to the will of others.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  perverse
      adj 1: marked by a disposition to oppose and contradict; "took
             perverse satisfaction in foiling her plans"
      2: resistant to guidance or discipline; "Mary Mary quite
         contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a
         perverse mood"; "wayward behavior" [syn: contrary,
         obstinate, perverse, wayward]
      3: deviating from what is considered moral or right or proper or
         good; "depraved criminals"; "a perverted sense of loyalty";
         "the reprobate conduct of a gambling aristocrat" [syn:
         depraved, perverse, perverted, reprobate]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  211 Moby Thesaurus words for "perverse":
     aberrant, abroad, adamant, adrift, adversary, adversative, adverse,
     adversive, alien, all abroad, all off, all wrong, amiss,
     antagonistic, anti, antipathetic, antithetic, antonymous, askew,
     astray, at cross-purposes, at fault, awkward, awry, bad-tempered,
     balancing, balky, bearish, beside the mark, bilious, bitchy,
     breakaway, bulky, cankered, cantankerous, captious, churlish,
     clashing, clumsy, compensating, competitive, con, conflicting,
     confronting, contentious, contradicting, contradictory,
     contradistinct, contrapositive, contrarious, contrary, contrasted,
     converse, corrupt, counter, counteractant, counteracting,
     counteractive, counterbalancing, counterpoised, countervailing,
     counterworking, crabbed, crabby, cranky, cross, cross-grained,
     crosswise, crotchety, crusty, cumbersome, cussed, dead against,
     deceptive, defective, degenerate, delusive, depraved, deviant,
     deviational, deviative, difficult, disaccordant, disagreeable,
     discordant, discrepant, dissentient, dissident, distorted, enemy,
     errant, erring, erroneous, excitable, eyeball to eyeball,
     fallacious, false, faultful, faulty, feisty, flawed, fractious,
     froward, grouchy, headstrong, heretical, heterodox, hostile,
     huffish, huffy, hulking, hulky, ill-tempered, illogical, illusory,
     impractical, improper, inconsistent, inconvenient, incorrect,
     inflexible, inimical, intractable, inverse, irascible, irregular,
     irritable, mean, miscreant, mulish, nefarious, negative,
     nonconformist, noncooperative, not right, not true, obdurate,
     obstinate, obstreperous, obverse, off, off the track, opponent,
     opposed, opposing, opposite, oppositional, oppositive, oppugnant,
     ornery, out, overthwart, peccant, peevish, pertinacious, perverted,
     petulant, pigheaded, ponderous, putrid, quarrelsome, reactionary,
     recalcitrant, refractory, renitent, repugnant, resistant, restive,
     reverse, revolutionary, rival, rotten, self-contradictory,
     self-willed, snappish, spiteful, spleeny, splenetic, squared off,
     stiff-necked, straying, stubborn, stuffy, sulky, sullen, surly,
     testy, touchy, ugly, unbending, uncooperative, unfactual, unfair,
     unfavorable, unfriendly, unhandy, unhealthy, unmanageable,
     unorthodox, unpropitious, unproved, unreasonable, untrue, unwieldy,
     unyielding, villainous, waspish, wayward, wide, wrong,
     wrongheaded
  
  

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