• WordNet 3.6
    • n perversity deliberately deviating from what is good "there will always be a few people who, through macho perversity, gain satisfaction from bullying and terrorism"
    • n perversity deliberate and stubborn unruliness and resistance to guidance or discipline
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The alarm clock was not invented by the Marquis de Sade, as some suspect, but rather by a man named Levi Hutchins of Concord, New Hampshire, in 1787. Perversity, though, characterized his invention from the beginning. The alarm on his clock could ring only at 4 am. Rumor has it that Hutchins was murdered by his wife at 4:05 am on a very dark and deeply cold New England morning.
    • n Perversity The quality or state of being perverse; perverseness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n perversity Perverse character, disposition, tendency, or conduct; disposition to be contrary; perverseness. Synonyms See perverse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Perversity state or quality of being perverse: inclination to oppose: wickedness
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  • 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.”
  • Joseph Addison
    “No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority.”
  • Robert Graves
    Robert Graves
    “What we now call finance is, I hold, an intellectual perversion of what began as warm human love.”
  • Warren Buffett
    “There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.”
  • Susan Sontag
    “Perversity is the muse of modern literature.”
  • Mark Van Doren
    Mark Van Doren
    “The job of the poet is to render the world -- to see it and report it without loss, without perversion. No poet ever talks about feelings. Only sentimental people do.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. perversitas,: cf. F. perversité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. perversus, turned the wrong way.


In literature:

It was a standing grief to the good old priest, this strange perversity of the girl in the matter of religious duty, as he saw it.
"Alice of Old Vincennes" by Maurice Thompson
Oh, the perversity of human kind!
"The Virginians" by William Makepeace Thackeray
How dare a perverse girl take these liberties with relations so very respectable, and whom she highly respects?
"Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
Have we not daily proof of a similar obstinacy and perverseness?
"Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I" by Francis Augustus Cox
Well then, rising, (Bella silently, with uplifted hands, reproaching my supposed perverseness,) I see nothing can prevail with you to oblige us.
"Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
I'll tell thee all, when I see thee: and thou shalt then judge of my difficulties, and of her perverseness.
"Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
Still she could not force this perverse young woman to tell that which she did not choose to tell.
"Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus" by Jessie Graham Flower
But to me she is one of the most perverse.
"Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
I know my father has told you about it, and it is worth reading as a curiosity of perverseness.
"The Vanishing Man" by R. Austin Freeman
Isn't that the way one leaves the normal and gets into the byways of perversion?
"Plays" by Susan Glaspell

In poetry:

And nowhere, save through base perversion
Of the grand "wherefore" he was made,
Has dark presumption's foul coercion
E'er dared his freedom to invade.
"Admonition" by James Madison Bell
'Though the winds and the waves were perverse,
I was sure to be welcom'd with glee;
My presence the cares would disperse,
That were only awaken'd for me.
"The Old Fisherman" by Matilda Betham
The vulgar, all find some pretence
To do what's wrong, and God incense:
Blind, dull, perverse, to hell they run,
Nor will, though warn'd, perdition shun.
"A Warning To The Welsh, To Repent, Wrote At The Time A Great Plague Rag'd In London" by Rees Prichard
But now, by our perverse supposal,
There is a drift of fog on your mornings;
You in your peignoir, dainty at your orange cup,
Feel poising round the sunny room
"Prelude To An Evening" by John Crowe Ransom
How foolishly, O God! was I thy foe?
Perverse, as Pharaoh was in former days,
Though thou didst still the culprit kindly wooe,
To turn to thee, and to amend his ways.
"A Prayer For A Sick Person" by Rees Prichard
What sorrows in my soul, O God! arise,
The vast perverseness of mankind to see?
Shou'd any strive to lead them to the skies,
To quenchless fires they'd rather madly flee.
"The Pastor's Complaint" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Testing Has Become a ' Perversion ,' Texas Education chief Robert Scott Says.
Scouts argue for edits in ' perversion files'.
The ' Perversion Files' Come to Light.
Eight Louisville Cases in Boy Scout " Perversion Files".
The Boy Scouts of America has released piles of documents that make up what the organization calls " perversion files".
The release in October of the Boy Scouts' secret " perversion files" was ordered by the Oregon Supreme Court, following a civil suit that the Scouts lost.
Boy Scouts' ' perversion files' involve 21 cases.
A perversion of a system meant to promote good.
Boy Scout ' perversion list' reveals extent of alleged abuse.
People involved with the Boy Scouting movement face the court-ordered release of the organization's " perversion files" with mixed emotions.
Boy Scouts ' perversion files' listed Solano County men.
Scores Of Floridians Named In Boy Scout ' Perversion Files'.
Crime ' Perversion Files' Involving Eight Former Idaho Scout Leaders Made Public.
They've been called the " perversion files".
It all came to light with the release of confidential files called the "Boy Scout Perversion Files," which detail accounts and reports of abuse that were more times than not, covered up.

In science:

Finally, in Section 12, we prove that, for any filtered face set, K , the perverse algebra A(K )• and its homology, H (A(K )• ), admit positively graded minimal models (see Theorem F).
Rational Homotopy and Intersection Cohomology
Some of our first results are proved in the general case of loose perversities but the construction of the minimal models relies strongly on the structure of the lattice of Goresky and MacPherson perversities.
Rational Homotopy and Intersection Cohomology
This was first observed by Stienne () who determined the properties of the predecessors of a given Goresky and MacPherson perversity and a part of the construction of our perverse minimal model is inspired from his work.
Rational Homotopy and Intersection Cohomology
In all this text, for a graded perverse ob ject, a, we denote by |a| its degree and by kak its perverse degree.
Rational Homotopy and Intersection Cohomology
Filtered face sets and perverse differential graded algebras 12.
Rational Homotopy and Intersection Cohomology