• WordNet 3.6
    • n depravation moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles "the luxury and corruption among the upper classes","moral degeneracy followed intellectual degeneration","its brothels, its opium parlors, its depravity","Rome had fallen into moral putrefaction"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Depravation (Med) Change for the worse; deterioration; morbid perversion.
    • Depravation Detraction; depreciation. "To stubborn critics, apt, without a theme,
      For depravation ."
    • Depravation The act of depraving, or making anything bad; the act of corrupting.
    • Depravation The state of being depraved or degenerated; degeneracy; depravity. "The depravation of his moral character destroyed his judgment."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n depravation The act of perverting or distorting; perversion; vilification.
    • n depravation The act of making or becoming bad or worse; the act or process of debasement; deterioration.
    • n depravation Depraved or corrupt quality or character; degeneracy; depravity.
    • n depravation A depraved tendency; inclination toward evil or corruption.
    • n depravation Synonyms Depravity, Depravation, deterioration, corruption, vitiation, contamination, debasement. Depravation is especially the act of depraving or the process of becoming depraved; depravity, the state resulting from the act or process. The use of depravation for depravity is uncommon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Depravation act of depraving: state of being depraved: depravity
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. depravitio, from depravare: cf. F. dépravation,. See Deprave
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. depravārede, inten., pravus, bad.


In literature:

O, man, how depraved!
"Searchlights on Health" by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
None but the most ignorant and depraved, therefore, take the trouble to acquire or preserve it.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce" by Ambrose Bierce
You say they are not so thievish in Virginia, propagate faster, and are less depraved: Why?
"The Journal of Negro History, Vol. I. Jan. 1916" by Various
It results in depravity of life.
"The Christian Home" by Samuel Philips
Poor and miserable, shunned by all but depraved associates, he drags out the worthless remnant of his days.
"Golden Steps to Respectability, Usefulness and Happiness" by John Mather Austin
To a mind thoroughly depraved, the source of truth may seem distorted.
"Sermons on Various Important Subjects" by Andrew Lee
In connection with the superstitious feeling of the most depraved as to baptism, he related an affecting occurrence.
"The Biography of Robert Murray M'Cheyne" by Andrew A. Bonar
The heaviest curse is human depravity.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
I believe that I have found, if not original sin, at least vegetable total depravity in my garden; and it was there before I went into it.
"Humorous Masterpieces from American Literature" by Various
He is a being totally depraved and damned to everlasting punishment.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore

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
How many lives are growing gray
Through your depraved behaviour!
I tell you plainly — every day
You crucify the Saviour!
"A Hyde Park Larrikin" by Henry Kendall
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:

FEATURE, DECEMBER 10, 2009 SEXUAL DEPRAVITY OVERSTATED Girls just want to have fun: The Bishie Con convention, while it definitely had its jokes and innuendo, was not nearly as raunchy as the article makes it sound.
She seems to forget that the Bible she gives half respect for says all humans are born in a morally depraved state.
Morris Garner, who also goes by the name Tracey Lynn Garner, has been charged with depraved-heart murder after performing an illegal buttocks implant that killed a Georgia woman, according to authorities.
Mississippi authorities say they have charged a Jackson man with depraved heart murder after a Georgia woman died from an injection received as part of an illegal buttocks implant.
Morris is charged with depraved-heart murder in the death of Karima Gordon, 37, of Atlanta.
Seems the new thing to do for the desperate and depraved is to steal from kids' organizations.
Garner facing depraved heart-murder charge.
Austria's Michael Haneke is famous for his lurid, violent and thoroughly sick exercises in torture and sexual depravity.
West Virginia's top fundamentalist spokesman told legislators this week, in effect, that evangelical high school students should have "free speech" to call gay classmates wicked, sinful or depraved.
That's not because it featured tranquilizer guns, moral depravity, and jokes about gay hookup app Grindr.
Imagine the portrait that is the subject of Oscar Wilde's classic novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, the famous story of a beautiful youth whose portrait alters to reflect the depravity of his life, while his face remains forever unchanged.
All Blogs Phlog The Massachusetts Legislature is Ignorant And Depraved.
Every day, newspaper headlines document the latest human cruelty, hypocrisy and depravity.
Some people think this one is among the strangest of my depraved parenting habits.
Just when you think the stink from Clark County government can't get any fouler, the sewer backs up from a fresh load of depravity.