perversity


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I thought it was utterly preposterous--I distrusted it as the result of some perversity in my own imagination.
With the same perversity of feeling and irresolution that had fastened upon him, despite himself, all day, the murderer, finding that he was not followed, and that they most probably considered him some drunken sullen fellow, turned back up the town, and getting out of the glare of the lamps of a stage-coach that was standing in the street, was walking past, when he recognised the mail from London, and saw that it was standing at the little post-office.
But neither of them otherwise expressed it, and her apparent understanding, with no protesting shock, no easy derision, touched him more deeply than anything yet, constituting for his stifled perversity, on the spot, an element that was like breatheable air.
But Trix is getting pass,e, and I should n't wonder if she kept him to his word, just out of perversity, if nothing else.
It seems almost beyond mere mortal perversity that I should have discovered, in what he had just said, a new opportunity of making myself personally disagreeable to him.
There was one small countess, with an iron ring in her snout and hardly any hair on her back, that was the devil for perversity.
Nevertheless, while Sir James said to himself that he had completely resigned her, since with the perversity of a Desdemona she had not affected a proposed match that was clearly suitable and according to nature; he could not yet be quite passive under the idea of her engagement to Mr.
I have felt more at home in the dock (such is the natural depravity and perversity of my disposition) than ever I felt in the drawing-rooms of my father's distinguished patrons and respectable friends.
Ordinary visitors to Galleries of Art, which admit students, show the same strange perversity.
A war may stem from circumstances beyond human control, uncertainty and accident, impersonal forces impinging on nation-states (John Locke), human perversity (Thomas Hobbes), society or environmental factors.
Commemorating both it and its victims, whilst also recognising the terrifying perversity of those human minds which enabled such an atrocity to be devised and implemented is something which I wholeheartedly support.
Note that all characteristics must be present: wickedness, viciousness, atrocity AND perversity.