depravity

noun de·prav·i·ty \ di-ˈpra-və-tē also -ˈprā- \
Updated on: 5 May 2018

Definition of depravity

plural depravities
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

  1. He was sinking into a life of utter depravity.

  2. People were shocked by the depravity of her actions.

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Origin and Etymology of depravity


DEPRAVITY Defined for English Language Learners

depravity

Definition of depravity for English Language Learners

  • : a very evil quality or way of behaving

  • : an evil or immoral act


Law Dictionary

depravity

noun de·prav·i·ty \ di-ˈpra-və-tē \

legal Definition of depravity

plural depravities
1 : the quality or state of being depraved
2 : a corrupt act or practice


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