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turpitude

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noun tur·pi·tude \ˈtər-pə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Simple Definition of turpitude

  • : a very evil quality or way of behaving

Full Definition of turpitude

  1. :  inherent baseness :  depravity <moral turpitude>; also :  a base act

Examples of turpitude

  1. <pictorial advertisements for chic clothing and fragrances in which drug addiction and other forms of moral turpitude are depicted as alternative fashion statements>



Origin of turpitude

Middle French, from Latin turpitudo, from turpis vile, base


First Known Use: 15th century



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