de·​praved di-ˈprāvd How to pronounce depraved (audio)
: marked by corruption or evil
a depraved attack
especially : perverted
the work of depraved minds
di-ˈprā-vəd-lē How to pronounce depraved (audio)
di-ˈprā-vəd-nəs How to pronounce depraved (audio)

Examples of depraved in a Sentence

the work of depraved minds He acted with depraved indifference to human suffering.
Recent Examples on the Web In a police interview, Frost allegedly confessed to the depraved conduct and was arrested. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 7 Sep. 2023 But the rhetoric, perpetuated by public officials and overheated headlines, suggested that a new morally depraved generation of teenagers — particularly Black teenagers — were to blame. Issie Lapowsky Abdul Kircher, New York Times, 15 Aug. 2023 Given the facts in this case, aiming a firearm at the door, and pulling the trigger is legally insufficient to prove depraved mind. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 26 June 2023 Tesla’s failure to fix or even acknowledge these grotesque safety defects shows a depraved indifference to human life. IEEE Spectrum, 23 June 2023 Wilde believed that, contrary to the claims of sentimentalism and of generations of prudish literary critics, the quality of a work of art does not depend on its ethical purity—that art depicting the degraded, the depraved, or the wicked can still be beautiful. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 19 June 2023 Television ‘The Great’ invents depraved games for the idle rich. Max Gao, Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2023 Environmental compliance specialist and avid hiker Melody Sasser, 47, was arrested May 18 for the depraved plot to allegedly murder her romantic rival. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 6 June 2023 The Weeknd has become one of the biggest pop stars in the world, mostly without abandoning his commitment to the depressed and depraved. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 14 May 2023 See More

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Word History


see deprave

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of depraved was in the 14th century

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“Depraved.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Legal Definition


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