• WordNet 3.6
    • n perversion the action of perverting something (turning it to a wrong use) "it was a perversion of justice"
    • n perversion an aberrant sexual practice;
    • n perversion a curve that reverses the direction of something "the tendrils of the plant exhibited perversion","perversion also shows up in kinky telephone cords"
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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 Perversion The act of perverting, or the state of being perverted; a turning from truth or right; a diverting from the true intent or object; a change to something worse; a turning or applying to a wrong end or use. "Violations and perversions of the laws."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n perversion The act of perverting; a turning from truth or propriety; a diverting from the true intent or object; change to something worse.
    • n perversion In mathematics, the operation of passing from any figure to another like the image of the former in a plane mirror; also, same as perverse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Perversion the act of perverting: a diverting from the true object: a turning from truth or propriety: misapplication
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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. perversio,: cf. F. perversion,. See Pervert
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. pervertir—L. pervertĕreper, thoroughly, vertĕre, versum, to turn.


In literature:

What a perverse girl is this, to contend with her fate; yet has reason to think, that her very stars fight against her!
"Clarissa, Volume 6 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
How much more wicked and perverse, then, to reject the privilege!
"The Lions of the Lord" by Harry Leon Wilson
He liked to shock people by exaggerating his wickedness, or by perversely maintaining the wrong side of a dispute.
"From Chaucer to Tennyson" by Henry A. Beers
I call her indeed perverse, but, alas!
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
He had come in cold, tired, hungry, and, no doubt, bitterly sorrowful at the bottom of his perverse heart.
"The Precipice" by Elia Wilkinson Peattie
These three stones darted mysterious and perverse scintillations, painfully torn from the frozen depths of their troubled waters.
"Against The Grain" by Joris-Karl Huysmans
The irony of fate, or the perversity of man, turned it into a curious anticlimax.
"The Long White Cloud" by William Pember Reeves
Besides, to sum up, are these perversities, these rugged notches, virtues?
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
At this point, as became a young woman telling of a relative's iniquity, Kaiserina glazed the facts and gave a perversion.
"The Son of Clemenceau" by Alexandre (fils) Dumas
It is a mistake to suppose that this is an indication of viciousness or perversity.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 1 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis

In poetry:

But little goosey was perverse,
And eagerly did cry,
"I've got a lovely pair of wings,
Of course I ought to fly."
"The Lay Of A Golden Goose" by Louisa May Alcott
'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
Wantons then will charm the eye,
Things perverse thy heart disclose,
On the billow shalt thou lie,
At the mast-head seek repose.
"The Effects of Wine" by John Pierpont
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
Indulge the sportive lambkins with the teat,
But check the rams' perverseness with the crook —
Be mild unto the guileless folk, but treat
With sternness those that won't good doctrine brook.
"The Duty Of Clergymen" by Rees Prichard

In news:

A lawyer who has represented victims of sexual abuse in lawsuits against the Boy Scouts of America has published an index of decades worth of records from the Scouts' so-called perversion files.
Boy scouts "perversion files" released.
The US may be going broke, but perversely, people want dollars and US Treasury debt.
Gay Catholics, Suicidal Moms, and the Polymorphous Perversity of Madonna's Big Toe .
NASA engineers take perverse pride in pointing out that there is hardly a single aspect of the space station that relies on new technology.
Like "Chuck and Buck," this director's previous collaboration with the writer Mike White, "Girl" is about a perverse need to create romance.
A significant portion of the Boy Scouts of America's "perversion files," a secret list of scout leaders accused of sex abuse, is now online for the world to see.
Among the 14,500 pages of documents in the so-called Boy Scouts " Perversion Files" was information on two men with ties to the area.
Boy Scout ' perversion files' name nine Oklahoma men.
For decades, the Boy Scouts of America kept thousands of secret " perversion files" about adult members of its organization who sexually abused children.
Former WNY Scout Leaders Named in " Perversion Files".
Boy Scouts ' Perversion Files' Released.
Boy Scout ' perversion files' include 46 cases from Missouri.
There are 45 Massachusetts men named on the Boy Scouts of America's so-called " perversion list", made public this week by order of the Oregon Supreme Court.
A trove of some 14,500 pages from the Boy Scouts' so-called " perversion files" have been made public, and the files show that on numerous occasions local officials helped cover up abuse allegations.

In science:

Kashiwara [Ka], the category of holonomic D(W )-modules with regular singularities with respect to a given stratification is equivalent to the category of perverse sheaves on W with respect to the same stratification.
A geometric approach to (g, k)-modules of finite type
The category of bounded (D(W ), k)-modules is equivalent to the category of perverse sheaves on W with respect to the stratification of W by K -orbits.
A geometric approach to (g, k)-modules of finite type
The categories of such perverse sheaves has been described explicitly for the stratifications of S2V and Λ2V by the GL(V )-orbits [BG].
A geometric approach to (g, k)-modules of finite type
Let Sh be the corresponding to M simple perverse sheaf.
A geometric approach to (g, k)-modules of finite type
Sh is the simple perverse sheaf corresponding to {0} or W −{0}, in both cases the local system being trivial.
A geometric approach to (g, k)-modules of finite type