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    Cool perverse & cruel

    Hi,

    Some dictionaries seem to contradict each others: Could the word perverse be a synonym of cruel?


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    Re: perverse & cruel

    None of the dictionaries I consulted show this synonym - where did you find it?

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    Cool Re: perverse & cruel

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    None of the dictionaries I consulted show this synonym - where did you find it?
    perverse = baleful, vicious, malevolent, cruel it's a Portuguese - English dictionary.


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    Re: perverse & cruel

    This is the problem with translation! I think the compilers of your dictionary have had difficulties with finding a Portuguese equivalent concept.

    Here is the English definition:

    adjective 1 showing a deliberate and obstinate desire to behave unacceptably. 2 contrary to that which is accepted or expected.

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    Re: perverse & cruel

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    perverse = baleful, vicious, malevolent, cruel it's a Portuguese - English dictionary.
    I agree that perverse and cruel are not synonymous; but there are contexts in which you could substitute one for the other with no extreme change of meaning:

    He took perverse pleasure in other people's pain.


    I can imagine a Portuguese translation including the words prazer cruel.

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