depraved

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj depraved deviating from what is considered moral or right or proper or good "depraved criminals","a perverted sense of loyalty","the reprobate conduct of a gambling aristocrat"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • depraved Perverted; vitiated: as, a depraved appetite.
    • depraved Morally bad; destitute of moral principle; corrupt; wicked: as, a depraved nature. Synonyms Illegal, Iniquitous, etc. (see criminal), base, profligate, abandoned, reprobate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Depraved 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

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

Usage

In literature:

In later life, it is different: in the experienced woman, forwardness is always depravity.
"Godolphin, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Their manners were as depraved as their appearance was poor and beggarly.
"Quentin Durward" by Sir Walter Scott
She had hated him too bitterly to be depraved by his advice.
"Blind Love" by Wilkie Collins
There was, apparently, some innate depravity in him.
"The Fallen Leaves" by Wilkie Collins
But you're all so depraved, so depraved!
"The Possessed" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
They believe in the utter depravity of human nature.
"Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll, Volume I" by Robert Green Ingersoll
What the deuce moved him to be so snappish and depravedly bent against the good fathers of the true religion?
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book III." by Francois Rabelais
What makes, in many countries, the people rebellious and depraved, pages saucy and mischievous, students sottish and duncical?
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book IV." by Francois Rabelais
Oh, we are all depraved, you know; we all want to do wrong.
"Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll - Latest" by Robert Green Ingersoll
Fashion, religion, gaiety, devotion, pride, depravity, wealth, poverty!
"The Christian A Story" by Hall Caine
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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
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:

If there's a more depraved human being than the title character of Martin Amis 's savagely funny new novel, Lionel Asbo: State of England, you do not want to meet him.
Blowfly hatched from Soul songwriter/producer Clarence Reid's depraved imagination as his alter ego who loves to make parodies about, well, getting off.
We interrupt this disturbing drip of doom to predict that Saturday's Kentucky Derby will again be decadent and depraved.
We interrupt this disturbing drip of doom to predict that Saturday's Kentucky Derby will again be decadent and depraved .
Teddy Roosevelt's Battle With the Deeply Depraved New York of Yore.
' Depraved ' Music Is a White House Tradition.
Cupcakes of Today Are Disgusting and Depraved : An Unscientific Numerical Study.
Readers sound off on the city's spay-or-pay ordinance, the depraved US electorate and slick politicos.
Once a flashpoint for punk rock depravity , the corner of East 3rd Street and the aptly named Traction Avenue in downtown Los Angeles made a shocking turn to boho gentrification.
Playlist for Depravity 's Rainbow with Therese and Mike.
The Girl's Guide to Depravity : How To Get Laid Without Getting Screwed.
Theater / Arts Report from Camino Real: depravity x 2, minus the fun.
To rise up, A&E wallows in depravity .
All Blogs Phlog The Massachusetts Legislature is Ignorant And Depraved.
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 .
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