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deprave

[ dih-preyv ]
/ dɪˈpreɪv /
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verb (used with object), de·praved, de·prav·ing.

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

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM deprave

dep·ra·va·tion [dep-ruh-vey-shuhn], /ˌdɛp rəˈveɪ ʃən/, nounde·prav·er, nounde·prav·ing·ly, adverbnon·dep·ra·va·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for deprave

deprave
/ (dɪˈpreɪv) /

verb (tr)

to make morally bad; corrupt; vitiate
obsolete to defame; slander

Derived forms of deprave

depravation (ˌdɛprəˈveɪʃən), noundepraver, noun

Word Origin for deprave

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