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depravity

[dih-prav-i-tee]
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noun, plural de·prav·i·ties. for 2.
  1. the state of being depraved.
  2. a depraved act or practice.
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Origin of depravity

First recorded in 1635–45; deprave + -ity
Related formsnon·de·prav·i·ty, noun, plural non·de·prav·i·ties.
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depravity

noun plural -ties
  1. the state or an instance of moral corruption
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Word Origin and History for depravity

n.

1640s; see deprave + -ity. Earlier in same sense was pravity.

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