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.
Recent Examples on the Web Qassem Soleimani was a depraved terrorist who had the blood of hundreds of American servicemen and women on his hands, and who was doubtlessly planning operations to further harm our citizens and allies. NBC News, "Pelosi says Trump carried out strike on Iranian commander without authorization and she wants details," 3 Jan. 2020 Does anyone realize that character was a depraved drug addict? Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Broncos up-down drill: Best and worst performances against the Raiders," 29 Dec. 2019 He was arrested in 2014 after cops were tipped off to his depraved activities. Fox News, "British pedophile Richard Huckle, who may have raped 200 kids, stabbed to death in prison: report," 14 Oct. 2019 After 39 seasons of backstabbing and chicanery, Survivor finally conceded that a community without any purpose beyond winning can turn depraved and cry out for outside intervention. Noam Cohen, Wired, "The TV Show ‘Survivor’ Can Help Us Understand Impeachment," 17 Dec. 2019 Nothing on this planet excuses such a depraved, selfish act of violence. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: On family annihilators, lockup disparities and falling for sales," 6 Dec. 2019 Finally, Scorsese references an old, depraved Italian immigrant family, the Scriandras (a.k.a. the Sopranos). Armond White, National Review, "The Irishman’s Déjà Vu Gangsterism," 1 Nov. 2019 Though this was not unusual within the nobility of her day and she was expected not to remarry, her affairs were used by her enemies to brand her as a depraved nymphomaniac. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Idealistic and tough, Catherine the Great sought to modernize Russia," 1 Nov. 2019 Written and directed by Gilligan, Netflix’s El Camino picks up right where Jesse left off, a criminal prisoner who just busted free from depraved captivity and is now a fugitive on the run, with every cop car in Albuquerque in heavy pursuit. Dan Snierson,, "Aaron Paul and Vince Gilligan drop hints about Breaking Bad movie El Camino," 10 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of depraved

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for depraved

see deprave

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12 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Depraved.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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How to pronounce depraved (audio)

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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