Usage examples for perverseness

  1. Is there such perverseness in your nature, As rather to desire the infant's death, Than that his birth should knit the bond of friendship Closer betwixt us; rather than my daughter, Against your liking, should remain the wife Of Pamphilus? – The Comedies of Terence by Publius Terentius Afer
  2. The Hollanders did not very much favour this species of war- craft, both by reason of the difficulty of procuring the gang, and because to a true lover of the ocean and of naval warfare the galley was about as clumsy and amphibious a production as could be hoped of human perverseness – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley