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


vile, shameful, or base character; depravity.
a vile or depraved act.

Nearby words

  1. turpentine,
  2. turpentine tree,
  3. turpeth,
  4. turpin,
  5. turpin, dick,
  6. turps,
  7. turquoise,
  8. turquoise green,
  9. turret,
  10. turret lathe

Origin of turpitude

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

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/ (ˈtɜːpɪˌtjuːd) /


base character or action; depravity

Word Origin for turpitude

C15: from Latin turpitūdō ugliness, from turpis base

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Word Origin and History for turpitude



"depravity, infamy," late 15c., from Middle French turpitude (early 15c.), from Latin turpitudinem (nominative turpitudo) "baseness," from turpis "vile, ugly, base, shameful," used in both the moral and the physical senses; of unknown origin. Perhaps originally "what one turns away from" (cf. Latin trepit "he turns").

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