Definition of 'perverse'
Example sentences containing 'perverse'
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But abandoning patients seems a perverse way of improving safety. The Sun (2016)But abandoning patients seems a perverse way of improving safety. The Sun (2016)This has the perverse effect of penalising success and removing incentives for the worst to improve. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The system is full of perverse incentives. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The gospel message here seems to be taking a perverse delight in being particularly contrary. Times, Sunday Times (2010)As a victim that feels very perverse and wrong. The Sun (2015)In a perverse way it might be quite fun. Times, Sunday Times (2008)He took a perverse pleasure out of trying to belittle people around him. Times, Sunday Times (2014)These results are not as perverse as they seem. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The way targets are being implemented is also having perverse effects. Times, Sunday Times (2012)It is a system open to manipulation and full of perverse incentives. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The couple laugh with a kind of perverse delight. Times, Sunday Times (2006)One problem is that the calculation gives perverse results when companies have destroyed shareholder value. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Could he be trying to prove himself in some perverse way? Times, Sunday Times (2014)It might seem perverse to see two housebuilders on the list. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The trip in effect becomes a perverse pilgrimage. Times, Sunday Times (2011)All these perverse incentives drive the price up. The Sun (2008)The nurse had a perverse need to be at the centre of the action on the accident and emergency ward. Times, Sunday Times (2006)In a perverse sort of way it actually gives you a bit of confidence that you are on to something. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Constant interference has resulted in the perverse outcome of a glut of flats and a shortage of family homes with gardens. The Sun (2009)They are lazy and greedy and obstructive and perverse, and often just chaotic. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The symphony brought its own, more perverse pleasures. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The pleasure is perverse: the thrill of an incessantly thwarted chase. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Some individuals positively delight in taking perverse viewpoints on an issue, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Times, Sunday Times (2009)If you also felt your father didn't love you, it might have instilled in you a perverse need for men to prove their love. Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Trends of 'perverse'
In Common Usage. perverse is one of the 10000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
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Translations for 'perverse'
British English: perverse ADJECTIVE
Someone who is perverse deliberately does things that are unreasonable or that result in harm for themselves.
It would be perverse to stop this healthy trend.
Definition of perverse from the Collins English Dictionary
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