- to make morally bad or evil; vitiate; corrupt.
- Obsolete. to defame.
Origin of deprave
Related Words for depravationwickedness, degradation, criminality, corruption, depravation, decline, downfall, atrophy, declination, decrease, debasement, downgrade, devolution, perversion, sensuality, profligacy, vice, iniquity, abandonment, baseness
Examples from the Web for depravation
Contemporary Examples of depravation
We can admit the intractability of depravation, and still strive for dignity.Obama's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech
December 10, 2009
Historical Examples of depravation
When then, and where did the work of depravation take place?
Shelley was accountable for Harriett Westbrooks depravation.The Real Shelley, Vol. II (of 2)
John Cordy Jeaffreson
It is a voluptuous excess in drink to the depravation of reason.A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4)
So strange a depravation of manners proceeded from these causes.
If it did suffer, it suffered through the moral nature, because depravation of the heart depraved the brain.The Expositor's Bible:
- to make morally bad; corrupt; vitiate
- obsolete to defame; slander
Word Origin for deprave
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.