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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Definitions for turpitude

  1. Inherent baseness or vileness of principle, words, or actions; depravity.
  2. A base act.

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Citations for turpitude
In the eyes of the far left, it [the 60s] is the era when revolution was at hand, only to be betrayed by the feebleness of the faithful and the trickery of the enemy; to the radical right, an era of subversion and moral turpitude. Arthur Marwick, The Sixties: Cultural Revolution in Britain, France, Italy, and the United States, c.1958-c.1974
They based their action on a clause in the uniform player contract which says players must "conform to standards of good citizenship and good moral character" and disallows "engaging in acts of moral turpitude." Ira Berkow, New York Times
Origin of turpitude
Turpitude comes from Latin turpitudo, from turpis, "foul, base."