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 Only a depraved polity can abide this deception or its broader implications. Armond White, National Review, "Megan, Cardi, and Kamala Make Bad History," 14 Aug. 2020 In the brain of a very cynical, very depraved person, this could appear to be a pre–Election Day win. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "The Republicans Take America on a Death March," 8 July 2020 True crime books and podcasts have always given audiences a glimpse into the most depraved aspects of human society, but perhaps no other true crime writer has gone as deeply into her subject matter as Michelle McNamara. Photo: Dave Allocca/starpix/shutterstock.,, "Michelle McNamara’s Work On True Crime Went Back Way Before I’ll Be Gone In The Dark," 29 June 2020 These lynchings aren't the depraved, grandiose exhibitions of the late 1800s and early 1900s, when black men were skinned or castrated and pregnant women were burned alive before throngs who took pictures and collected body parts as souvenirs. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "America's legacy of lynching isn't all history. Many say it's still happening today," 3 June 2020 Prosecutors will have to prove something called depraved indifference for Chauvin to be convicted of third-degree murder. Theresa Waldrop, CNN, "The charges against 4 officers involved in George Floyd's death, explained," 4 June 2020 Anything less is cowardice and depraved indifference to the plight of our children and (especially) the children of poor people in poor countries. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Naomi Klein’s ‘On Fire’ urges us to quit hitting the snooze button on climate change," 19 Sep. 2019 Suharto and his men claimed that the Indonesian Communist Party had brought the generals back to Halim Air Force Base and begun a depraved, demonic ritual. Vincent Bevins, The New York Review of Books, "How ‘Jakarta’ Became the Codeword for US-Backed Mass Killing," 20 May 2020 Don’t F**k With Cats follows a group of amateur internet detectives working together to catch a depraved, violent killer. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Cheer on Netflix Is Over (For Now): Here's What You Should Watch Next," 3 Feb. 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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29 Aug 2020

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“Depraved.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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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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