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Synonyms for perverseness

Synonyms for perverseness

deliberate and stubborn unruliness and resistance to guidance or discipline

deliberately deviating from what is good


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Poe refers to the "radical, primitive, irreducible sentiment" of perverseness as "a paradoxical something," "a mobile without a motive," "this overwhelming tendency to do wrong for the wrong's sake" (PIM: 140).
I would like then, finally, to turn to Warhol's proto-structural films of the 1960s, which, in largely doing away with cross-cutting and thus with secondary identification, isolate primary identification--identification with the camera's look--in its insatiability, its endlessness (its boringness), and its essential perverseness.
Indeed, Husserl has been vocal over and over again against the perverseness (Verkehrtheit) of the naturalization of consciousness, because it obfuscates (macht blind) "not only the I but everything that is characteristic of consciousness" (Hua VII, p.
Perhaps what disturbed the Court was the Orwellian perverseness of making it a crime for someone to possess a physical disability or character trait.
203) He attributed this lacuna to the perverseness of particular States whose concurrence is necessary.
Not only did there seem to lurk in it a certain calm disdain, but his perverseness seemed ungrateful, considering the undeniable good usage and indulgence he had received from me.
In the case of many charitable nonprofits there is a certain perverseness to this benefit, however, in that it is more valuable to entities that are successfully earning a return on their activities, while it is of no value at all to those that fail to show any earnings simply because they are directing a higher percentage of their resources into charitable services.
See also Shmuel Trigano, interview by Manfred Gerstenfeld, "French Antisemitism: A Barometer for Gauging Society's Perverseness," Post-Holocaust and Antisemitism 26 (November 1, 2004).
Now, a minister in the post-revolution government is outright harassing female journalists on live TV, thus giving a carte blanche to all sick men to pursue their perverseness, spreading an "if a minister says it in public, why can't I" attitude.
4) "Method: Analyzing [one's] physical configuration [to make] perverseness eliminate itself and cleanse personal conduct" (cf.
Hume notes, "Yet, notwithstanding this strong and obvious necessity, such is the frailty or perverseness of our nature
Medicare's hospital benefit illustrates the perverseness of the program's cost-sharing requirements and its inability to rationalize its own rules when policies change.
It is but too true that there are many whose whole scheme of freedom is made up of pride, perverseness, and insolence.
During her 20-year sulk, Bernadette so pointlessly squanders her talent--without the excuse of true insanity--that her perverseness outweighs the book's humor.
A member of the well-fixed Hampton family of South Carolina, Catherine had to endure the sexual perverseness and haughtiness of her accomplished husband James Henry Hammond, governor and later senator of South Carolina.