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verb de·prave \di-ˈprāv\

Definition of DEPRAVE

transitive verb
archaic :  to speak ill of :  malign
:  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

Synonym Discussion of DEPRAVE

debase, vitiate, deprave, corrupt, debauch, pervert mean to cause deterioration or lowering in quality or character. debase implies a loss of position, worth, value, or dignity <commercialism has debased the holiday>. vitiate implies a destruction of purity, validity, or effectiveness by allowing entrance of a fault or defect <a foreign policy vitiated by partisanship>. deprave implies moral deterioration by evil thoughts or influences <the claim that society is depraved by pornography>. corrupt implies loss of soundness, purity, or integrity <the belief that bureaucratese corrupts the language>. debauch implies a debasing through sensual indulgence <the long stay on a tropical isle had debauched the ship's crew>. pervert implies a twisting or distorting from what is natural or normal <perverted the original goals of the institute>.


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