- to make morally bad or evil; vitiate; corrupt.
- Obsolete. to defame.
Origin of deprave
Examples from the Web for deprave
Crowd bad men and women together, and they corrupt and deprave each other.Cast Adrift
T. S. Arthur
They alter, they force, they deprave the meaning of three or four words, and all is done.What Is Free Trade?
Success and unquestioned dominion far more often deprave and distort than ennoble and purify the moral nature of man.Theodoric the Goth
It is painful to observe the almost inevitable tendency of power to deprave the soul.The Empire of Russia
John S. C. Abbott
Power and riches were chiefly to be dreaded on account of their tendency to deprave the possessor.Wieland; or The Transformation
Charles Brockden Brown
- to make morally bad; corrupt; vitiate
- obsolete to defame; slander
Word Origin and History 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.