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 depraved (audio) , -​ˈprāvd-​lē \ adverb
depravedness \ di-​ˈprā-​vəd-​nəs How to pronounce depraved (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 As a result, Woodrow Wilson, the most depraved man ever to occupy the White House, was elected. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "The Ghost of Theodore Roosevelt," 28 Feb. 2021 Noor's attorney Thomas Plunkett has argued that the depraved mind element wasn't fulfilled because Noor was carrying out his duties as an officer, acted in a split second and directed his actions at a specific person. Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune, "Former Minneapolis cop Mohamed Noor asks state Supreme Court to hear his third-degree murder appeal," 25 Feb. 2021 Foster's Starling remains an all-time great protagonist, who approaches depraved killers and leering superiors with the same level of cool-headed resolve and intuition. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "The best Hannibal Lecter movies and TV shows, ranked (including 'Silence of the Lambs' and 'Clarice')," 24 Feb. 2021 The free flow of information from the Internet allowed this sick and depraved human being to find all our personal information and target us. Tracy Smith, CBS News, "Federal judge whose son was killed in ambush: "My son's death cannot be in vain"," 20 Feb. 2021 By the 2-1 margin, the Court of Appeals found the depraved mind requirement was fulfilled. Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune, "Divided Court of Appeals narrowly upholds murder conviction of Mohamed Noor," 1 Feb. 2021 Balram’s insistent, cheerful narration slowly gives way to reveal the darker story that The White Tiger always was, about the force of will and cruelty required to get ahead in a depraved society where the rules of class are ironclad. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, "Netflix’s The White Tiger Is a Brutal, Powerful Tale of Ambition, Class, and Corruption," 22 Jan. 2021 Kenya Moore taking responsibility for her (depraved) actions! Chris Murphy, Vulture, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta Recap: Surprise, Surprise," 4 Jan. 2021 Allowing masses of underpaid workers to be exploited in order to provide widespread convenience was always a depraved bargain, built on a rickety ethical and economic foundation. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "Instacart Is a Parasite and a Sham," 30 Dec. 2020

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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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3 Mar 2021

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“Depraved.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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