perversion


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perversion

any abnormal means of obtaining sexual satisfaction

perversion

[pər′vər·zhən]

Perversion

See also Bestiality.
bondage and domination (B & D)
practices with whips, chains, etc. for sexual pleasure. [Western Cult.: Misc.]
Humbert, Humbert
middle-aged gentleman crisscrosses America staying in motels with 12-year-old “nymphet.” [Am. Lit.: Lolita]
Imp
of the Perverse perversity as motive for men’s actions. [Am. Lit.: “Imp of the Perverse” in Hart, 402]
Onan Judah’s
son; spilled seed upon ground. [O.T.: Genesis 38: 9–10]
Sacher-Masoch, Leopold
von (1836–1895) author who derived pleasure from being tortured. [Aust. Hist.: Wallechinsky, 165]
Sade, Marquis
de (1740–1814) jailed for sexual crimes; wrote of sexual cruelty. [Fr. Hist.: Wallechinsky, 165]
References in classic literature ?
Of these the first and second were extremely condensed, while the last is, as I shall now show, an absolute perversion of the facts.
Besides," he said, pursuing his argument in his tone of light- hearted conviction, "if I don't go anywhere for pain--which would be a perversion of the intention of my being, and a monstrous thing to do--why should I go anywhere to be the cause of pain?
They could not understand the origin of the outburst; it could not be simply the news of Pavlicheff's perversion.
Bulstrode's course up to that time had, he thought, been sanctioned by remarkable providences, appearing to point the way for him to be the agent in making the best use of a large property and withdrawing it from perversion.
Hesiod's father (whose name, by a perversion of "Works and Days",
Having made this concession to circumstances, he was, at the same time, quite cunning enough to see that it was of vital importance to the purpose which he had in view, to confine himself strictly to this one perversion of the truth.
Huntingdon,' he continued, 'but I cannot suppress my indignation when I behold such infatuated blindness and perversion of taste; - but, perhaps, you are not aware - ' He paused.
I hope, therefore, no man will, by the grossest misunderstanding or perversion of my meaning, misrepresent me, as endeavouring to cast any ridicule on the greatest perfections of human nature; and which do, indeed, alone purify and ennoble the heart of man, and raise him above the brute creation.
Sedley was well, and to shake hands with an old friend; and, he added, with a desperate perversion of truth, "My mother is very well--that is, she's been very unwell, and is only waiting for the first fine day to go out and call upon Mrs.
The clerk made out a formal summons, and the charge was preferred against me, with the customary exaggeration and the customary perversion of the truth on such occasions.
My line of inquiry would appear to him an awful perversion of duty.
Strange as it may seem too, there is undoubtedly a degree of protection in the wig and gown - a dismissal of individual responsibility in dressing for the part - which encourages that insolent bearing and language, and that gross perversion of the office of a pleader for The Truth, so frequent in our courts of law.