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[per-vur-si-tee] /pərˈvɜr sɪ ti/
noun, plural perversities for 2.
the state or quality of being perverse.
an instance of this.
Origin of perversity
From the Latin word perversitās, dating back to 1520-30. See perverse, -ity
Related forms
nonperversity, noun, plural nonperversities. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for perversity
Historical Examples
  • perversity, inconsistency—but it was her nature, and she could not overcome it.

    One Man in His Time

    Ellen Glasgow
  • perversity haunts the garden, and the dock always grows as near as possible to some plant that you value.

  • perversity prompted her answer, but at once she remembered Crewe, and turned away in annoyance.

    In the Year of Jubilee George Gissing
  • "perversity is the only thing that makes this rotten life worth living," retorted Bakkus.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for perversity


noun (pl) -ties
the quality or state of being perverse
a perverse action, comment, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for perversity

1520s, from Middle French perversité "depravity, degeneracy" (12c.), from Latin perversitatem (nominative perversitas) "forwardness, untowardness," from perversus (see perverse).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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