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
Examples of deprave in a Sentence
the belief that pornography depraves society as a whole
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'deprave.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.