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Definitions for perversity

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contrariness, perversity, perversenessnoun

    deliberate and stubborn unruliness and resistance to guidance or discipline

  2. perversity, perversenessnoun

    deliberately deviating from what is good

    "there will always be a few people who, through macho perversity, gain satisfaction from bullying and terrorism"


  1. perversitynoun

    The quality of being perverse.

  2. perversitynoun

    A perverse act

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Perversitynoun

    Perverseness; crossness.

    Etymology: perversité, Fr. from perverse.

    What strange perversity is this of man!
    When ’twas a crime to taste th’ inlightning tree,
    He could not then his hand refrain. John Norris.


  1. perversity

    Perversity is a type of behavior or way of thinking that is viewed as deliberately deviating from what is considered morally correct, acceptable, or expected. It can also refer to an intentional stubbornness or opposition to others, or seeking to upset or sabotage something for seemingly no reason.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perversitynoun

    the quality or state of being perverse; perverseness

  2. Etymology: [L. perversitas: cf. F. perversit.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of perversity in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of perversity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of perversity in a Sentence

  1. Arthur Schopenhauer:

    In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world, and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods.

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