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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of turpitude

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

Examples of turpitude in a sentence

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



Did You Know?

Turpitude came to English from Latin by way of Middle French. The Latin word turpitudo comes from "turpis," which means "vile" or "base." The word is often heard in the phrase "moral turpitude," an expression used in law to designate an act or behavior that gravely violates the sentiment or accepted standard of the community. A criminal offense that involves "moral turpitude" is considered wrong or evil by moral standards, in addition to being the violation of a statute.

Origin and Etymology of turpitude

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


First Known Use: 15th century


Law Dictionary

turpitude

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

Legal Definition of turpitude

  1. :  inherent baseness or depravity; also :  a base act





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