de·​praved | \di-ˈprāvd \

Definition of depraved 

: marked by corruption or evil a depraved attack especially : perverted the work of depraved minds

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Other Words from depraved

depravedly \-​ˈprā-​vəd-​lē, -​ˈprāvd-​lē \ adverb
depravedness \-​ˈprā-​vəd-​nəs, -​ˈprāvd-​nəs \ noun

Examples of depraved in a Sentence

the work of depraved minds He acted with depraved indifference to human suffering.

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Garner was convicted in 2014 of depraved heart murder after Karima Gordon died eight days after receiving silicone butt injections from Garner in Jackson, Miss.. Mary Bowerman, USA TODAY, "Woman convicted in fatal buttocks-injection procedure dies in prison," 16 Jan. 2018 One step below premeditated, first-degree murder, depraved-heart murder is punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "Here’s why police say the digging of secret tunnels beneath a Bethesda home led to murder," 30 May 2018 The movie has smarter-than-usual critiques of corporate imperatives (the more Wall Street learns about Lift’s depraved and exploitative labor schemes, the more the stock goes up), and just enough crazy jokes to sustain it. Gary Thompson,, "'Sorry to Bother You': The funniest movie you'll ever see about labor organizing," 11 July 2018 Williams, who police believe is the man in the orange sandals, has been arrested and charged with depraved murder without premeditation since June 20. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Search still on for corpulent con man as person of interest in XXXTentacion murder," 3 July 2018 But the depraved method of death, the gruesome trail left behind and a police colleague’s insistence the crime was racially motivated, convinced him that this was something different, something dark. New York Times, "In Texas, a Decades-Old Hate Crime, Forgiven but Never Forgotten," 9 July 2018 Williams is charged with first-degree murder dangerous depraved (without) premeditation. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Suspect in Custody in XXXTentacion Murder," 21 June 2018 The immediate question is the fate of these children; the immediate enemy is a depraved White House. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "America’s “Poster Child” Syndrome," 20 June 2018 Last year, the president called Kim -- with his abysmal human rights record -- wicked and depraved. Major Garrett, CBS News, "Trump leaves Singapore claiming success after historic meeting with Kim Jong Un," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of depraved

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for depraved

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English Language Learners Definition of depraved

: very evil : having or showing an evil and immoral character


de·​praved | \di-ˈprāvd \

Legal Definition of depraved 

: marked by moral corruption or perversion as shown by a capacity for extreme and wanton physical cruelty the depraved state of mind of the murderer the depraved nature of the crime

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