turpitude was our Word of the Day on 07/08/2017. Hear the podcast!
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
Examples of turpitude in a Sentence
pictorial advertisements for chic clothing and fragrances in which drug addiction and other forms of moral turpitude are depicted as alternative fashion statements
Recent Examples of turpitude from the Web
Broad language allowing stars and distributors to be dropped if accused of misconduct is beginning to be included in negotiations in the wake of he Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey situations Moral turpitude?
Anyone convicted of a felony or a crime of moral turpitude will not be considered.
Clarification to crimes of violence and crimes involving moral turpitude.
Those convicted of crimes of moral turpitude in Alabama automatically lose the right to vote.
Petrino’s moral turpitude should have been overlooked.
Being difficult to wake up is not a sign of moral turpitude
Merrill was instrumental in getting the moral turpitude clarifications passed into law.
The Mayor may be removed from office after a hearing, for any willful violation of duty, or for the commission of an offense involving moral turpitude, upon written notice from the City Council at least five days before the hearing.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'turpitude.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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.
corruption, corruptness, debasement, debauchery, decadence, decadency, degeneracy, degeneration, degradation, demoralization, depravity, dissipatedness, dissipation, dissoluteness, perversion, rakishness;
TURPITUDE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of turpitude for English Language Learners
: a very evil quality or way of behaving
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up turpitude? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).