de·​praved | \ di-ˈprāvd How to pronounce depraved (audio) \

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 \ di-​ˈprā-​vəd-​lē How to pronounce depravedly (audio) , -​ˈprāvd-​lē \ adverb
depravedness \ di-​ˈprā-​vəd-​nəs How to pronounce depravedness (audio) , -​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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In the novel, the marvelously depraved Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont wager on his seduction of another woman. Larry Wolff, The New York Review of Books, "‘Così’ in Coney," 27 Mar. 2018 Among the vendors were several local artists showcasing the depraved products of their imagination. Marty Pearl, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville zombie fest runs amok on Bardstown," 27 Aug. 2017 According to the affidavit, detectives built much of their depraved-heart-murder case based on two significant conditions in the house. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "Here’s why police say the digging of secret tunnels beneath a Bethesda home led to murder," 30 May 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce depraved (audio) \

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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