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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But a heady combination of Shakespearean drama, slap-you-in-the-face-smart dialogue, and a roster of thoroughly depraved antiheroes quietly positioned it as the next must-watch chronicle of power-playing intrigue. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Won the Succession Game of Thrones This Week?," 12 Aug. 2019 By saying these things, Trump dehumanizes and vilifies his subjects and leaves them fair game for a depraved mass shooter like the one in El Paso who killed 22 people, injured even more and traumatized an entire community. Rob Schenck, Time, "My Words Led to Violence. Now Trump's Are Too," 6 Aug. 2019 Williams is charged with first-degree murder dangerous depraved (without) premeditation. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Suspect in Custody in XXXTentacion Murder," 21 June 2018 Last year, the president called Kim -- with his abysmal human rights record -- wicked and depraved. Major Garrett, CBS News, "Trump leaves Singapore claiming success after historic meeting with Kim Jong Un," 12 June 2018 The promise of Obama — the integrating, reasoned, moderate promise of incremental progress — has become the depraved and toxic zero-sum culture of Trump. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Kanye West and the Question of Freedom," 11 May 2018 Westboro Baptist Church sent three of its members to protest at Sacramento-area schools this week, calling the city one of the most depraved in America. Diana Lambert, sacbee, "Students respond to Westboro protestors with heart-shaped stickers, rainbow pins," 9 May 2018 Those aggravated factors included that multiple murders had been committed and that in Webster's case, the murder was especially cruel, heinous or depraved. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, "Hung jury prompts mistrial in death-penalty phase of double murderer who killed teens," 2 May 2018 But for those depraved teenagers seeking out the stuff deliberately, things seem unlikely to get much more difficult. The Economist, "Online porn will soon require age checks in Britain," 24 Apr. 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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