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1    deliberately deviating from what is regarded as normal, good, or proper  
2    persistently holding to what is wrong  
3    wayward or contrary; obstinate; cantankerous  
4    Archaic   perverted  
     (C14: from Old French pervers, from Latin perversus turned the wrong way)  
  perversely      adv  
  perverseness      n  
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1    abnormal, contradictory, contrary, delinquent, depraved, deviant, disobedient, improper, incorrect, miscreant, rebellious, refractory, troublesome, unhealthy, unmanageable, unreasonable  
2    contrary, contumacious, cross-grained, dogged, headstrong, intractable, intransigent, obdurate, wilful, wrong-headed  
3    contrary, cussed     (informal)   mulish, obstinate, pig-headed, stiff-necked, stubborn, unyielding, wayward  
4    cantankerous, churlish, crabbed, cross, fractious, ill-natured, ill-tempered, peevish, petulant, shrewish, spiteful, stroppy     (Brit. slang)   surly  
   accommodating, agreeable, amiable, complaisant, cooperative, flexible, good-natured, malleable, obedient, obliging  

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