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perversion

 [per-ver´zhun]
1. deviation from the normal course; a morbid alteration of function which may occur in emotional, intellectual, or volitional fields.
sexual perversion sexual deviation.

per·ver·sion

(per-ver'zhŭn), Negative and pejorative connotations of this word may render it offensive in some contexts.
A deviation from the norm, especially concerning sexual interests or behavior.
[L. perversio, fr. per-verto, pp. -versus, to turn about]

perversion

(1) Paraphilia (sexual deviancy), see there.  
(2) A nonspecific term for any deviation from a norm.

per·ver·sion

(pĕr-ver'zhŭn) Negative and pejorative connotations of this word may render it offensive in some contexts.
A deviation from the norm, especially concerning sexual interests or behavior.
[L. perversio, fr. per-verto, pp. -versus, to turn about]
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This disposition is evident, Freud argues, in children, whom he describes as "polymorphously perverse"--that is, finding gratification in a range of sensations that they experience in multiple physical sites; their pleasures, which are not localizable, are also neither hierarchical nor orderly.
Roger William, Partner of accountancy firm Wilkins Kennedy, said: "Taking away the existing exemption on computers seems slightly perverse. Are employees now expected to keep a diary of when they use their laptop for work and for personal use?"
Techo de ofrendas is lavish, mystical, humorous, and perverse; how do you follow an act like that?
A perverse passion for the English language always makes me suspicious: when people use that word 'critical' as an adjective to qualify the phrase 'architectural theory'.
If followers of other religions are not allowed to swear on their holy texts, but only on the Bible, the jurors could yield to a perverse logic and say: "Well, how can we be sure they told the truth--they don't even believe in the Bible?"
Some donations given by Canadians for the victims of last December's tsunami have in a perverse way ended up contributing to human rights violations in Aceh, Indonesia and funding so-called reconstruction projects that benefit big businesses instead of intended beneficiaries in Sri Lanka, two activists have claimed.
She enjoys their legendary confrontations in a perverse manner so she always makes them worse than they have to be.
They lack feelings of guilt or remorse and view their victims as mere objects that they can manipulate for their own perverse satisfaction and sense of power, control, mastery, and domination.
Pacepa wrote that one of his agents, Constantin Munteanu, once reported to him after monitoring a session with Ararat and his homosexual bodyguard: "I've never before seen so much cleverness, blood, and filth altogether in one man." Arafat and his inner circle, obviously, would be highly motivated to keep the PLO chief's perverse sexual proclivities secret from his followers and supporters, most of whom are Muslims.
On August 13, one of the students, a Polish man identified only as Piotr Z, 27, received a six-month suspended sentence for possessing 1,700 images of perverse sex with children after the discovery of the pornographic and homosexual ring.
The House Committee on Resources, where many conservation bills originate, is chaired by California Republican Richard Pombo, a former rancher who has called critical habitat requirements "one of the most perverse shortcomings" of the ESA.
By identifying so maW schools as failing--as North Carolina and Kentucky suggest, the numbers are often exponentially more than even the most rigorous state accountability systems turn up--NCLB has also created a pair of perverse incentives for states and schools to act in ways directly counter to the law's intent.