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  1. corrupt, wicked, or perverted.
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Origin of depraved

First recorded in 1585–95; deprave + -ed2
Related formsde·praved·ly [dih-preyvd-lee, -prey-vid-] /dɪˈpreɪvd li, -ˈpreɪ vɪd-/, adverbde·praved·ness, nounnon·de·praved, adjectiveself-de·praved, adjectiveun·de·praved, adjective
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verb (used with object), de·praved, de·prav·ing.
  1. to make morally bad or evil; vitiate; corrupt.
  2. 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
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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Related Words for depraved

wanton, vile, sinful, vicious, nefarious, lewd, shameless, wicked, warped, debauched, debased, degenerate, abandoned, low, twisted, fast, base, dirty, perverted, mean

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  1. morally bad or debased; corrupt; perverted
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Derived Formsdepravedness (dɪˈpreɪvɪdnɪs), noun


verb (tr)
  1. to make morally bad; corrupt; vitiate
  2. obsolete to defame; slander
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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 depraved



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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