deprave

[ dih-preyv ]
/ dɪˈpreɪv /

verb (used with object), de·praved, de·prav·ing.

to make morally bad or evil; vitiate; corrupt.
Obsolete. to defame.

Nearby words

  1. depot,
  2. depot injection,
  3. depp,
  4. depr.,
  5. depravation,
  6. depraved,
  7. depravity,
  8. deprecate,
  9. deprecating,
  10. deprecation

Origin of deprave

1325–75; Middle English depraven (< Anglo-French) < Latin dēprāvāre to pervert, corrupt, equivalent to dē- de- + prāv(us) crooked + -āre infinitive suffix

Related formsdep·ra·va·tion [dep-ruh-vey-shuh n] /ˌdɛp rəˈveɪ ʃən/, nounde·prav·er, nounde·prav·ing·ly, adverbnon·dep·ra·va·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for depravation

deprave

/ (dɪˈpreɪv) /

verb (tr)

to make morally bad; corrupt; vitiate
obsolete to defame; slander
Derived Formsdepravation (ˌdɛprəˈveɪʃən), noundepraver, noun

Word Origin for deprave

C14: from Latin dēprāvāre to distort, corrupt, from de- + prāvus crooked

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Word Origin and History for depravation

deprave

v.

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.

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