• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Depravement Depravity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n depravement Perversion; vitiation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Depravement vitiation
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  • (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    “We are too quick to imitate depraved examples.”
  • (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    “No one every suddenly became depraved.”
  • John Ruskin
    “Music when healthy, is the teacher of perfect order, and when depraved, the teacher of perfect disorder.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. depravārede, inten., pravus, bad.


In literature:

Devoted to his pleasures, he depraved those under his command, and injured the cause for which he was contending.
"The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume III.(of III) 1574-84" by John Lothrop Motley
Had I done so, I should have been a monster of depravity.
"The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne" by William J. Locke
Fussing is such a depravity.
"The Whole Family A Novel by Twelve Authors" by William Dean Howells, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Mary Heaton Vorse, Mary Stewart Cutting, Elizabeth Jordan, John Kendrick Bangs, Henry James, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Edith Wyatt, Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews, Alice Brown, Henry Van Dyke
She thinks us far gone in the ways of depravity, and doesn't willingly let her little girls come near us.
"Magnum Bonum" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Also, a sick curious depravity began to flood out of the squalor of the recesses to his mind.
"Corpus of a Siam Mosquito" by Steven Sills
Any cause that makes for crime and depravity makes for murder as well.
"Courts and Criminals" by Arthur Train
I cannot think I am totally depraved.
"The Inside of the Cup, Complete" by Winston Churchill
No thoroughly depraved miscreant could look like that.
"A Thorny Path [Per Aspera], Complete" by Georg Ebers
He learned that you had entered his chamber, and taken the money, being tempted by your own dishonest and depraved heart.
"Hector's Inheritance" by Horatio Alger
Varonilla was probably depraved and with her the two Oculatas.
"The Unwilling Vestal" by Edward Lucas White

In poetry:

Slow-moving death,
creeping, then still.
Depravity, boredom,
another tired thrill.
"The City" by Eberhard Arnold
Now all wicked aspirations,
Do not spring from souls depraved
Into fashion. Its elation
Is the sanctity it craved.
"Fashion" by Frank Barbour Coffin
"Inurned and at peace, lost but sainted,
Where grief I could compass;
Depraved—'tis for Christ's poor dependent
A cruel decree!"
"My Cicely" by Thomas Hardy
And his features froze. 'You may take it as true
That I will never this lock undo
For so depraved
A passion as that which kindles you.'
"A Conversation At Dawn" by Thomas Hardy
I recognized my brothers who were kept enslaved
by the ungodly god of gold,
I saw the spirit of man: abased, depraved
and crucified a thousandfold.
"A Youth" by Hristo Smirnenski
Not one is from corruption clear; Men are depraved wholly,
Mere cruelties their mercies are
Their wisdom is but folly;
And, when most righteous they appear,
Then are they most unholy.
"The Contented Man's Morice" by George Wither

In news:

Blowfly hatched from Soul songwriter/producer Clarence Reid's depraved imagination as his alter ego who loves to make parodies about, well, getting off.
When I've written about poverty's connection to depravity (see here and here, for example), I have not at all been arguing that depravity is a phenomenon unique to the poor.
Making depravity part of art.
THEATER REVIEW;A 'Duchess' Returns, Engulfed by Depravity .
Trailer Park, Unhitched: With Killer Joe, Friedkin Continues His Slow Descent Into Depravity .
The Girl's Guide to Depravity: How To Get Laid Without Getting Screwed.
In the shadow of the 70,000-square-foot Creation Museum, Rob Lot's turned his Petersburg, Ky. Auto repair shop into a sordid den of depravity.
Few places on the planet embrace the dark pageantry and unbridled depravity associated with Halloween like San Francisco.
Cupcakes of Today Are Disgusting and Depraved: An Unscientific Numerical Study.
Because perverts need to be stopped in their tracks, and punished in a way that will make other depraved individuals thing twice before they victimize the unsuspecting.
Puritans also believed in the inherent depravity of humankind and, like other Protestants, rejected the idea that Christian truth could only be approached through a priest.
Salome, nubile and depraved, daughter of Herodias is the coveted stepchild of lascivious Herod, ruler of Judea.
Salome , nubile and depraved, daughter of Herodias is the coveted stepchild of lascivious Herod, ruler of Judea.
The latest example of a Yale's depravity is so graphic that I can't even mention much of it on these family-friendly pages.
Normally, one would assume this to be a depraved crank caller, but she knew better.