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perversity

[ per-vur-si-tee ]
/ pərˈvɜr sɪ ti /
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noun, plural per·ver·si·ties for 2.

the state or quality of being perverse.
an instance of this.

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Origin of perversity

From the Latin word perversitās, dating back to 1520–30. See perverse, -ity

OTHER WORDS FROM perversity

non·per·ver·si·ty, noun, plural non·per·ver·si·ties.
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British Dictionary definitions for perversity

perversity
/ (pəˈvɜːsɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the quality or state of being perverse
a perverse action, comment, etc
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