Definition of depravity
1 : a corrupt act or practice the depravities of war
2 : the quality or state of being corrupt, evil, or perverted : the quality or state of being depraved He is awed by its fabulous wealth but deeply troubled by what he sees as its moral depravity … — Nicholas D. Kristof
Examples of depravity in a Sentence
He was sinking into a life of utter depravity.
People were shocked by the depravity of her actions.
Recent Examples of depravity from the Web
The usual depravity that mankind exhibits, and always has.
The New York Times Magazine this week offers a truly depressing tale of depravity in Trained to Kill: How Four Boy Soldiers Survived Boko Haram, the result of increasing ingenuity in covering news overseas.
This rationale, of course, would justify interviewing anybody with a large audience, no matter his moral depravity.
Nor are any of this play’s inhabitants smart enough to conceal their depravity, or to perceive the moral emptiness of their existences.
The noose has long represented a deplorable act of cowardice and depravity – a symbol of extreme violence for African-Americans.
Museum founding Director Lonnie Bunch III says in an email that the noose represents an act of cowardice and depravity.
In a statement released via the museum’s official Twitter account, founding Director Lonnie Bunch wrote: The noose has long represented a deplorable act of cowardice and depravity—a symbol of extreme violence for African Americans.
The noose has long represented a deplorable act of cowardice and depravity — a symbol of extreme violence for African Americans.
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DEPRAVITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of depravity for English Language Learners
: a very evil quality or way of behaving
: an evil or immoral act
Legal Definition of depravity
1 : the quality or state of being depraved
2 : a corrupt act or practice
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