Definition of perverseness in US English:

perverseness

noun

  • See perverse

    • ‘This is partly because he is compassionate about the suffering of ordinary Europeans, but also exasperated by their masochism and perverseness.’
    • ‘The blatancy of its rhetorical devices and the perverseness of its address create discomfort for serious theorists.’
    • ‘It is submitted that there has been no perverseness here.’
    • ‘What distinguishes his recent work is an almost maternal sympathy for the perverseness of the human animal - and the twists in its fate.’
    • ‘Such Delphic obscurity was not inspired by mere perverseness.’

Pronunciation

perverseness

/pərˈvərsnəs//pərˈvərsnəs/