from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or state of being perverse.
  • n. An instance of being perverse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being perverse.
  • n. A perverse act

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being perverse; perverseness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Perverse character, disposition, tendency, or conduct; disposition to be contrary; perverseness.

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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  • The ultimate end of the relentless pursuit of perversity is probably something like the world of Charles Stross's Glasshouse, a novel depicting a post-singularity society that must be one of the most miserable and monotonous places I have ever read about.

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  • There is, as Yeats reminded us, a certain perversity here: People who actually know something are more likely to be fairly tentative and circumspect, while people ill-informed enough to think everything is quite simple will be confident they know all they need to.

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  • But the perversity is not limited to developing economies.

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  • To panic about being identified within perversity can too easily lead us to strive toward self-restricting sexual normalcy or the impossible constraints of sexual purity.

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  • I tend think that I'm rather well versed in perversity and kink.


  • But you have companionship in perversity. auntielou

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  • At the same time, we cannot claim that it actually cost 12 shillings, without indulging in perversity.

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  • My faults, as he did not fail to remind me week by week, were obstinacy and pride of intellect; my weaknesses, lack of proportion and what he was pleased to call perversity, by which I suppose he meant a disposition to accept the consequences of my own acts.

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  • But there is, perhaps, no episode in the novel which brings out what may be called the perversity of Sterne's animalism in a more exasperating way.


  • There is no trace of that tacit or open assumption that the rejection of theological dogmas, on scientific grounds, is due to moral perversity, which is the ordinary note of ecclesiastical homilies on this subject, and which makes them look so supremely silly to men whose lives have been spent in wrestling with these questions.

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  • Solomon observed mankind’s propensity for evil, describing it as those who “rejoice in doing evil, and delight in the perversity (suka menentang) of the wicked”. ODB July 20, 2011.

    July 20, 2011