[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. pervasion,
  2. pervasive,
  3. perverse,
  4. perversely,
  5. perversion,
  6. perversive,
  7. pervert,
  8. perverted,
  9. pervicacious,
  10. pervicaciously

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. 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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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