It is painful to observe the almost inevitable tendency of power to deprave the soul.
Success and unquestioned dominion far more often deprave and distort than ennoble and purify the moral nature of man.
But let nobody conclude therefore that Mr Redford is a monster, whose policy it is to deprave the theatre.
Power and riches were chiefly to be dreaded on account of their tendency to deprave the possessor.
It was not in the power of adulation to turn such a head, or deprave such a heart, as Addison's.
Otherwise, the mere growth of wealth, be it ever so widely diffused, will deprave the world instead of elevating it.
No possible amount of good to ever so many can make it right to deprave ever so few;—happiness and misery cannot be measured so!
No possible amount of good to ever so many can make it right to deprave ever so few; happiness and misery cannot be measured so!
They would corrupt the morals, debase the manners, and deprave the tastes of the young.
Such engagements are always dangerous; sometimes they deprave the character of the man or woman.'
late 14c., "corrupt, lead astray, pervert," from Old French depraver (14c.) or directly from Latin depravare "distort, disfigure;" figuratively "to pervert, seduce, corrupt," from de- "completely" (see de-) + pravus "crooked." Related: Depraved; depraving.