deprave

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v deprave corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality "debauch the young people with wine and women","Socrates was accused of corrupting young men","Do school counselors subvert young children?","corrupt the morals"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Deprave To make bad or worse; to vitiate; to corrupt. "Whose pride depraves each other better part."
    • Deprave To speak ill of; to depreciate; to malign; to revile. "And thou knowest, conscience, I came not to chide
      Nor deprave thy person with a proud heart."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • deprave To pervert; distort; speak evil of; misreport; calumniate; vilify.
    • deprave To make bad or worse; pervert; vitiate; corrupt: as, to deprave the heart, mind, understanding, will, tastes, etc.; to deprave the morals, government, laws, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Deprave de-prāv′ to make bad or worse: to corrupt
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Quotations

  • (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
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    “Music when healthy, is the teacher of perfect order, and when depraved, the teacher of perfect disorder.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. depravare, depravatum,; de-, + pravus, crooked, distorted, perverse, wicked
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. depravārede, inten., pravus, bad.

Usage

In literature:

Those angels, who've taken the depravity of others on themselves, really resemble bandits.
"The Road to Damascus" by August Strindberg
Though I believe one reason of their depravity is the badness of the actors.
"Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2" by Henry Fielding
Bad company depraves the taste very soon; but that is not the worst.
"Night and Morning, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
They inherit a nature depraved by original transgression, and disposed to every wicked indulgence.
"Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I" by Francis Augustus Cox
Be not deceived; such allegations result from ignorance and depravity.
"Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II" by Francis Augustus Cox
I do not wonder that a people gets to be immoral and depraved in their practices, who keep such improper hours.
"Homeward Bound" by James Fenimore Cooper
How could this man, with such powers of right thinking, be so far depraved by evil habits, as to disgrace his talents by wrong acting?
"Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
But, as ages rolled on, the depraved appetites of sinful mankind desired a different ordering of the affairs of life.
"Woman: Man's Equal" by Thomas Webster
In the midst of his depravity and wickedness, he still at times had some dread of that God whom he daily insulted.
"The Young Captives" by Erasmus W. Jones
The men who are giving their attentions to the politics of the day know not to what lengths the depravity of the lower classes has gone.
"Poor Relations" by Honore de Balzac
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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
"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

In news:

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.
The Watching Football Is Depraved Edition.
T his adaptation of Pete Dexter's acclaimed 2005 novel wallows in the most depraved elements of its Southern-grotesque swampland narrative, even adding a few of its own.
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.
One brave person who has seen the realities of this desperate, depraved underworld up close is CNN international reporter Christiane Amanpour.
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