What does the word perversity mean?

Usage examples for perversity

  1. But by what perversity of taste had the artist represented his principal figure as so wrinkled and decayed, while yet he had decked her out in the brightest splendor of attire, as if the loveliest maiden had suddenly withered into age, and become a moral to the beautiful around her! – From-Twice-Told-Tales by Hawthorne, Nathaniel
  2. It will help us to cherish Plato's ideal, without sharing his hasty conclusion about the perversity of those who do not listen to reason. – Public Opinion by Walter Lippmann
  3. Charge it all up, then, to the perversity of a bachelor in the throes of his first, last, and only love experience. – The-Darrow-Enigma by Severy, Melvin Linwood