turpitude

noun tur·pi·tude \ ˈtər-pə-ˌtüd , -ˌtyüd \

Definition of turpitude

:inherent baseness :depravity
  • moral turpitude
; also :a base act

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Examples of turpitude in a Sentence

  1. pictorial advertisements for chic clothing and fragrances in which drug addiction and other forms of moral turpitude are depicted as alternative fashion statements

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Did You Know?

Turpitude came to English from Latin by way of Middle French. The Latin word turpitudo comes from "turpis," which means "vile" or "base." The word is often heard in the phrase "moral turpitude," an expression used in law to designate an act or behavior that gravely violates the sentiment or accepted standard of the community. A criminal offense that involves "moral turpitude" is considered wrong or evil by moral standards, in addition to being the violation of a statute.

Origin and Etymology of turpitude

Middle French, from Latin turpitudo, from turpis vile, base


TURPITUDE Defined for English Language Learners

turpitude

noun

Definition of turpitude for English Language Learners

  • : a very evil quality or way of behaving


Law Dictionary

turpitude

noun tur·pi·tude \ ˈtər-pə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd \

legal Definition of turpitude

:inherent baseness or depravity; also :a base act


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