depraved

[ dih-preyvd ]
/ dɪˈpreɪvd /

adjective

corrupt, wicked, or perverted.

Origin of depraved

First recorded in 1585–95; deprave + -ed2

Related forms

Can be confused

depraved deprived

Definition for depraved (2 of 2)

deprave

[ dih-preyv ]
/ dɪˈpreɪv /

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

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

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 forms

dep·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 depraved (1 of 2)

depraved

/ (dɪˈpreɪvd) /

adjective

morally bad or debased; corrupt; perverted

Derived Forms

depravedness (dɪˈpreɪvɪdnɪs), noun

British Dictionary definitions for depraved (2 of 2)

deprave

/ (dɪˈpreɪv) /

verb (tr)

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

Derived Forms

depravation (ˌdɛprəˈveɪʃən), noundepraver, noun

Word Origin for deprave

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