deprave

play
verb de·prave \ di-ˈprāv \

Definition of deprave

depraved; depraving
transitive verb
1 archaic :to speak ill of :malign
2 :to make bad :corrupt; especially :to corrupt morally

depravation

play \ˌde-prə-ˈvā-shən, ˌdē-ˌprā-\ noun

depravement

play \di-ˈprāv-mənt\ noun

depraver

play \di-ˈprā-vər\ noun

Examples of deprave in a Sentence

  1. the belief that pornography depraves society as a whole

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Origin and Etymology of deprave

Middle English, from Anglo-French depraver, from Latin depravare to pervert, from de- + pravus crooked, bad

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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