[ per-vur-si-tee ]
/ pərˈvɜr sɪ ti /

noun, plural per·ver·si·ties 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

non·per·ver·si·ty, noun, plural non·per·ver·si·ties. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for perversity

  • 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, inconsistency—but it was her nature, and she could not overcome it.

    One Man in His Time|Ellen Glasgow
  • "Perversity is the only thing that makes this rotten life worth living," retorted Bakkus.

    The Mountebank|William J. Locke

British Dictionary definitions for perversity


/ (pəˈvɜːsɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

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