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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Definitions for turpitude

  1. vile, shameful, or base character; depravity.
  2. a vile or depraved act.

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Citations for turpitude
He would, perhaps, argue that, though abstract Right is absolute and unchangeable, the alternative Wrong, though never shading down into Right, varies immeasurably in degree of turpitude ... Joseph Furphy, Such Is Life, 1903
Ancient Romans waxed lyrical about Arcadia, a mythical bucolic escape from the ills of urban life: money-making, crime, pollution, disease and, of course, luxury and the moral turpitude that goes with it. Wade Graham, "Are we greening our cities, or just greenwashing them?" Los Angeles Times, March 6, 2016
Origin of turpitude
1480-1490
Turpitude finds its roots in the Latin term turpis meaning "base, vile." It entered English in the late 1400s.