Definitions

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  • n. The quality of being perverse; obstinacy or doggedness

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being perverse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being perverse; disposition to be contrary, or to thwart or cross; corruption; wickedness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. deliberately deviating from what is good
  • n. deliberate and stubborn unruliness and resistance to guidance or discipline

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Examples

  • It follows, that the desire to be well must be excited simultaneously with any principle which shall be merely a modification of combativeness, but in the case of that something which I term perverseness, the desire to be well is not only aroused, but a strongly antagonistical sentiment exists.

    The Imp of the Perverse

  • It follows, that the desire to be well must be excited simultaneously with any principle which shall be merely a modification of combativeness, but in the case of that something which I term perverseness, the desire to be well is not only not aroused, but a strongly antagonistical sentiment exists.

    The Works of Edgar Allan Poe — Volume 2

  • Note, Those that are faithless will be perverse; and perverseness is sin in its worst colours.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)

  • But there still clung to her what I fear we must call a perverseness of obstinacy, a desire to maintain the resolution she had made -- a wish that she might be allowed to undergo the punishment she had deserved.

    Can You Forgive Her?

  • But there still clung to her what I fear we must call a perverseness of obstinacy,

    Can you forgive her?

  • I fear we must call a perverseness of obstinacy, a desire to maintain the resolution she had made, -- a wish that she might be allowed to undergo the punishment she had deserved.

    Can You Forgive Her?

  • Induction, a posteriori, would have brought phrenology to admit, as an innate and primitive principle of human action, a paradoxical something, which we may call perverseness, for want of a more characteristic term.

    The Imp of the Perverse

  • But, with the perverseness which is often seen among women, who are but fools at best, though made to be loved, she had placed her affections upon a youth, who had distinguished himself by no valiant deeds in war, nor even by industry or dexterity in the chase.

    Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 2 (of 3)

  • With the perverseness which is often seen among women, she had placed her affections upon a youth who had distinguished himself by no valiant deeds in war, nor by industry or dexterity in the chase.

    Folk-Lore and Legends: North American Indian

  • Indeed it would be a strange kind of perverseness to hesitate at the reception of this, because it is plain, that even lower things than our mental capacity are subservient to our reception of divine knowledge; for faith (that hath to do with the same kind of objects) comes by hearing: and if external sense is to be subservient to our reception of the knowledge of divine things, then certainly much more our understanding, which is a thing far nobler than our external sense, and therefore it is a higher and greater talent that we are to be accountable for.

    The Whole Works of the Rev. John Howe, M.A. with a Memoir of the Author. Vol. VI.

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