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turpitude

[ tur-pi-tood, -tyood ]
/ ˈtɜr pɪˌtud, -ˌtyud /
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Definition of turpitude

noun
vile, shameful, or base character; depravity.
a vile or depraved act.
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Origin of turpitude

1480–90; <Latin turpitūdō, equivalent to turpi(s) base, vile + -tūdō-tude
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British Dictionary definitions for turpitude

turpitude
/ (ˈtɜːpɪˌtjuːd) /

noun
base character or action; depravity

Word Origin for turpitude

C15: from Latin turpitūdō ugliness, from turpis base
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