• WordNet 3.6
    • adj perverse deviating from what is considered moral or right or proper or good "depraved criminals","a perverted sense of loyalty","the reprobate conduct of a gambling aristocrat"
    • adj perverse resistant to guidance or discipline "Mary Mary quite contrary","an obstinate child with a violent temper","a perverse mood","wayward behavior"
    • adj perverse marked by a disposition to oppose and contradict "took perverse satisfaction in foiling her plans"
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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.
    • Perverse Obstinate in the wrong; stubborn; intractable; hence, wayward; vexing; contrary. "To so perverse a sex all grace is vain."
    • Perverse Turned aside; hence, specifically, turned away from the right; willfully erring; wicked; perverted. "The only righteous in a word perverse ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • perverse Turned away or deviating from what is right, proper, correct, etc.; perverted.
    • perverse Obstinate in the wrong; disposed to be contrary; stubborn; untractable; self-willed.
    • perverse Cross; petulant; peevish; disposed to cross and vex.
    • perverse Untoward: as, ‘event perverse!” Synonyms Perverse, Froward, wilful, mulish. The derivations of perverse and froward suggest essentially the same idea. Froward, however, has reference only to one's attitude in regard to obedience, and chiefly, therefore, to the behavior of children; in Shakspere, of women. It is not used of a disobedient spirit toward civil law, and perverse is only indirectly so used. Perverse has reference to one's attitude, in both conduct and opinion. The perverse person is settled in habit and disposition of contrariness; he not only likes or dislikes, acts or refuses to act, by the rule of contradiction to the wishes, commands, or opinions of others, especially of those whom he ought to consider, but he is likely even to take pains to do or say that which he knows to be offensive or painful to them. Perversity may be found in a child, but it is so settled an element of character as to be rather the mark of an adult. See wayward.
    • n perverse A geometrical form related to another (of which it is said t. be the perverse) as the form of the image of an object in a plane mirror is to that of the object itself.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Perverse per-vėrs′ turned aside: obstinate in the wrong: stubborn: vexatious
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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. perversus, turned the wrong way, not right, p. p. of pervertere,to turn around, to overturn: cf. F. pervers,. See Pervert
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. perversus, turned the wrong way.


In literature:

She started back, Nicanor keeping perversely beside her.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
I vow I'm well-nigh sorry for thee, for all thy perversity.
"The King's Daughters" by Emily Sarah Holt
A perverse tongue is never allied with a sanctified heart.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
Never did I see such perverse children as you, and so thankless for God's gifts.
"The Settlers at Home" by Harriet Martineau
Such unforgiving selfishness is difficult to understand unless as a perverse sort of refinement.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
With singular perversity, in the midst of reasonable abundance, he forbore to accept the full measure of his privileges.
"The Flaw in the Sapphire" by Charles M. Snyder
I have done nothing wilfully, perversely toward it, yet must suffer in it, die by it.
"Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions" by John Donne
Out of perversity I asked no questions, and left him to seethe in his over-boiling mystery.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
While we waited to start, a perverse fog rolled between us and the mainland.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
Saxon is not racial, but a perversion of sexton (Chapter XVII).
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley

In poetry:

'Twas sweet to see her bow at eve,
On lowly bended knee,
To pray, and sadly, sweetly grieve,
For man's perversity.
"The Holy Lady" by James Avis Bartley
THOUGH hearts were cool and wills perverse,
And every channel dry;
Exhaustless flow those heavenly springs
Which all my wants supply.
"Dependence On God" by Maria Frances Cecilia Cowper
But ah! I my inmost spirit mourns,
And well my eyes with tears may swim,
To think of my perverse returns;
I've been a faithless friend to him.
"Is This Thy Kindness To Thy Friend (Christ A Redeemer And Friend)" by John Newton
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
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
The many small fripperies—worthless for use—
Your girls delight in, are but an abuse
Of time, and a sorry perversion of taste,
While the needful and useful are running to waste.
"Temperance Warfare" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

The Kansas Boy Scout perversion files.
A rock music spectacle replete with pigs, peeps and religious perversion.
Inside the ' perversion files.
Scouts track gays in ' perversion files'.
Boy Scouts ' perversion files' made public.
" Perversion files" show locals helped cover up.
Scouts ' perversion files' to be public.
Boy Scout ' perversion files' are public records, Oregon Supreme Court rules.
The right wing's perversion of patriotism.
Testing Has Become a ' Perversion ,' Texas Education chief Robert Scott Says.
Scouts argue for edits in ' perversion files'.
Eight Louisville Cases in Boy Scout " Perversion Files".
Boy Scouts' ' perversion files' involve 21 cases.
Boy Scouts ' Perversion Files' Released.
Boy Scout ' perversion files' include 46 cases from Missouri.

In science:

We do this via equivariant K-theory and perverse sheaves.
Induced and simple modules of double affine Hecke algebras
In the first one we deal with equivariant perverse sheaves on a variety with a finite number of orbits.
Induced and simple modules of double affine Hecke algebras
V ∗ -equivariant perverse sheaf on V ∗ , and FV ∗ ◦ FV (E ) ≃ E .
Induced and simple modules of double affine Hecke algebras
Hence Π(a)∨ may be viewed as a set consisting of simple Gs -equivariant perverse sheaves on N a .
Induced and simple modules of double affine Hecke algebras
Lusztig, G., Study of perverse sheaves arising from graded Lie algebras, Adv.
Induced and simple modules of double affine Hecke algebras