This criticism is based on a perverse misreading of the historian's observations on the age of Trajan, Hadrian and the Antonines.
The scepticism which challenges the whole collection may be set aside as radically perverse and unreasonable.
That he was the greatest tragic and dramatic poet born since the age of Shakespeare, the appearance of Hernani in 1830 made evident for ever to all but the meanest and most perverse of dunces and malignants.
To those in power, this has a certain perverse logic: After all, without the government to protect the rights of the people, those rights would crumble.
To ascertain the truth, he had also put to the torture two maid-servants described as deaconesses, but had discovered nothing beyond a perverse and extravagant superstition.
Dozy, Israeliten to Mekka, p. 125, who draws very perverse inferences).
At any time it is a strange sight to the tyro to see with what wondrous habitude of unconscious skill the whaleman will maintain an erect posture in his boat, even when pitched about by the most riotously perverse and cross-running seas.