perversity
noun see perverse

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Perversity — Per*ver si*ty, n. [L. perversitas: cf. F. perversit[ e].] The quality or state of being perverse; perverseness. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • perversity — index bad repute Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • perversity — 1520s, from Fr. perversité (12c.), from L. perversitas, from perversus (see PERVERSE (Cf. perverse)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • perversity — [pər vʉr′sə tē] n. [OFr perversité < L perversitas < perversus] 1. the quality or condition of being perverse 2. pl. perversities an instance of this …   English World dictionary

  • perversity — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ sheer ▪ She s marrying him out of sheer perversity. ▪ wilful/willful ▪ sexual ▪ a sordid tale of sexual perversity …   Collocations dictionary

  • perversity — noun 1) out of sheer perversity, he refused Syn: contrariness, awkwardness, recalcitrance, stubbornness, obstinacy, obduracy, mulishness, pigheadedness; formal refractoriness 2) the perversity of the decision Syn: unreasonableness, irrationa …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • perversity — per|ver|si|ty [pəˈvə:sıti US pərˈvə:r ] n [U] the quality of being perverse ▪ Max refused the money out of sheer perversity …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • perversity — per|ver|si|ty [ pər vɜrsəti ] noun uncount a determination to behave in an unreasonable way, especially by doing the opposite of what is expected or wanted: He refused to accept their help out of sheer perversity …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • perversity — noun (U) the quality of being perverse: Max refused the money out of sheer perversity …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • perversity — perverse ► ADJECTIVE 1) showing a deliberate and obstinate desire to behave unacceptably. 2) contrary to that which is accepted or expected. 3) sexually perverted. DERIVATIVES perversely adverb perverseness noun perversity noun (pl. perversities) …   English terms dictionary

  • perversity — noun 1. deliberate and stubborn unruliness and resistance to guidance or discipline • Syn: ↑contrariness, ↑perverseness • Derivationally related forms: ↑perverse (for: ↑perverseness), ↑perverse, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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