- vile, shameful, or base character; depravity.
- a vile or depraved act.
Origin of turpitude
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for turpitude
If this turpitude were published, it would be said that he had fathered it.The Paliser case
The moral quality of the act is the same; the difference is wholly in the degree of turpitude.Usury
I know the turpitude of these crows, and their lack of respect for merit and birth.The Mesmerist's Victim
It needs no argument to prove the turpitude of such a people.The Way to Abolish Slavery
Just then, however, writing out the story of his turpitude, she must needs have him in her mind.The Landloper
- base character or action; depravity
Word Origin and History for turpitude
"depravity, infamy," late 15c., from Middle French turpitude (early 15c.), from Latin turpitudinem (nominative turpitudo) "baseness," from turpis "vile, ugly, base, shameful," used in both the moral and the physical senses; of unknown origin. Perhaps originally "what one turns away from" (cf. Latin trepit "he turns").