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perversity

[per-vur-si-tee]
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noun, plural per·ver·si·ties for 2.
  1. the state or quality of being perverse.
  2. an instance of this.
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Origin of perversity

From the Latin word perversitās, dating back to 1520–30. See perverse, -ity
Related formsnon·per·ver·si·ty, noun, plural non·per·ver·si·ties.
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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.

  • "Perversity is the only thing that makes this rotten life worth living," retorted Bakkus.

    The Mountebank

    William J. Locke


British Dictionary definitions for perversity

perversity

noun plural -ties
  1. the quality or state of being perverse
  2. a perverse action, comment, etc
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Word Origin and History for perversity

n.

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

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