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The Imp of the Perverse must have chuckled at the situation.

Perverse Doctrine is of the very same, which gaineth Countries by little and little, as a Canker doth in the whole body.

Perverse and irreverent persons even dared to affirm, to the great indignation of Señor Vicente, that the whole story was a lie.

Perverse and fantastic as is the plan of his poem, none of his works is richer in beauties of detail.

Perverse and irreverent persons even dared to affirm, to the great indignation of Seor Vicente, that the whole story was a lie.

Perverse poets angle along the black stream: their hollow skulls serve as boxes for worms.

Perverse lads, indeed, generally kick over the traces at an earlier point: and refuse to learn anything.

His reason prompted him to listen, but the Imp of the Perverse laughed reason to scorn.

Her eyes flashing fire, and her voice sharpening to a scream, 'Perverse ungrateful wretch!'

Perverse and degenerate Soul: I have heard your cry, and have come once more to admonish the wilful and wayward child of evil.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "wicked," from Old French pervers "unnatural, degenerate; perverse, contrary" (12c.) and directly from Latin perversus "turned away, contrary, askew," figuratively, "turned away from what is right, wrong, malicious, spiteful," past participle of pervertere "to corrupt" (see pervert (v.)). The Latin word is glossed in Old English by forcerred, from past participle of forcyrran "to avoid," from cierran "to turn, return." Meaning "wrong, not in accord with what is accepted" is from 1560s; sense of "obstinate, stubborn" is from 1570s. It keeps the non-sexual senses of pervert (v.) and allows the psychological ones to go with perverted. Related: Perversely; perverseness.

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