deprave


de·prave

transitive verb \di-ˈprāv\
de·pravedde·prav·ing

Definition of DEPRAVE

1
archaic :  to speak ill of :  malign
2
:  to make bad :  corrupt; especially :  to corrupt morally
de·pra·va·tion \ˌde-prə-ˈvā-shən, ˌdē-ˌprā-\ noun
de·prave·ment \di-ˈprāv-mənt\ noun
de·prav·er \di-ˈprā-vər\ noun

Examples of DEPRAVE

  1. <the belief that pornography depraves society as a whole>

Origin of DEPRAVE

Middle English, from Anglo-French depraver, from Latin depravare to pervert, from de- + pravus crooked, bad
First Known Use: 14th century

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