perverse vs perverted : Common Errors in English

About perverse vs perverted

The sex-related meanings of words tend to drive out all other meanings. Most people think of both “perverse” and “perverted” only in contexts having to do with desire; but “perverse” properly has the function of signifying “stubborn,” “wrong-headed.” Nothing erotic is suggested by this sort of thing: “Josh perversely insisted on carving wooden replacement parts for his 1958 Ford’s engine.” It’s better to use “perverted” in relation to abnormal sexual desires; but this word also has non-sexual functions, as in “The bake-sale was perverted by Gladys into a fundraiser for her poker habit.”People sometimes mispronounce “pervert” as “PREE-vert.”

perverse Meaning(s)

  • (s) marked by a disposition to oppose and contradict
  • (s) resistant to guidance or discipline
  • (s) deviating from what is considered moral or right or proper or good

perverted Meaning(s)

  • (s) (used of sexual behavior) showing or appealing to bizarre or deviant tastes
  • (s) having an intended meaning altered or misrepresented
  • (s) deviating from what is considered moral or right or proper or good

perverse in News

  1. Wish you weren't here

    FILM Austrian Ulrich Seidl has been making films since the early 1980s, but didn't get much attention internationally until 2001's Dog Days , a bleak and nasty ensemble piece about some seemingly ordinary — but all variably pathetic, ugly and/or perverse — Viennese suburbanites sweating through a heat wave.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: San Francisco Bay Guardian

  2. Essential Links

    User Panel Options!! A record of decadent, perverse, feel-weird hits of the winter. Just in time for summer. It should go without saying but it needs to said: this is an intricate, jarring and complicated piece of work and is undeniably brilliant.
    on June 8, 2013 Source: metacritic

  3. 'GOT' author on Red Wedding

    Millions of "Game of Thrones" fans are feeling sadness, outrage, and, sure, some perverse excitement after watching Sunday's episode titled "The Rains of Castamere." But for Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin, such reactions to "The Red Wedding" are nothing new. Martin has been receiving exclamatory emails about the disastrous Tully-Frey union for more than a decade, ever since he ...
    on June 7, 2013 Source: CNN

perverted in News

  • Garrett man found guilty in rape trial

    A Garrett County Circuit Court jury Monday afternoon found James Leroy House, 51, Oakland, guilty of first-degree rape, first-degree sex offense, unnatural and perverted sex practice, sodomy and false imprisonment.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Cumberland Times-News

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