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

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 Police eventually charged him with depraved heart murder. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2022 Our initial priority was getting this depraved, sick individual off the streets. Chris Harris,, 28 Feb. 2022 Under the disinfecting spotlight of an engaged international press, cheerleading for Vlad suddenly became too depraved, even for Tucker Carlson. Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2022 Putin now has overwhelming support in his depraved country for this aggression and for his intention to erase millions of Ukrainians. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 12 Mar. 2022 There are few things more depraved than targeting the vulnerable and defenceless. NBC News, 9 Mar. 2022 Morally, portraying the enemy as ready to commit the most depraved crimes helped desensitize combatants and added further fuel to a fast escalating cycle of entirely conventional violence. Claas Kirchhelle, Wired, 11 Mar. 2022 What was most intriguing and subversive about their longterm romance was how subtly sweet their connection grew to be as Venus helped Tig embrace his softer side, humanizing a character who started out as one of the most depraved in the club. Ew Staff,, 14 Feb. 2022 Especially in the context of Kelley, McCarthy and his other U.C.L.A. faculty-mates, the mannequins were read as uncanny totems of consumer society, abject, even depraved. New York Times, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Depraved.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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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