- the state or quality of being perverse.
- an instance of this.
Origin of perversity
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Examples from the Web for perversity
Perversity, inconsistency—but it was her nature, and she could not overcome it.One Man in His Time
Perversity haunts the garden, and the dock always grows as near as possible to some plant that you value.The New Gulliver and Other Stories
Perversity prompted her answer, but at once she remembered Crewe, and turned away in annoyance.In the Year of Jubilee
"Perversity is the only thing that makes this rotten life worth living," retorted Bakkus.The Mountebank
William J. Locke
- the quality or state of being perverse
- a perverse action, comment, etc
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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).
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