1 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" [syn: corruption, degeneracy]
2 a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice; "the various turpitudes of modern society" [syn: turpitude]
- The state or condition of being depraved; moral debasement.
- 1850, Herman
Melville, White Jacket, or, The World on a Man-of-War, ch. 34,
- Depravity in the oppressed is no apology for the oppressor.
- 1850, Herman Melville, White Jacket, or, The World on a Man-of-War, ch. 34,
- A particular depraved act or trait.
- 1914, Julian
Hawthorne, The Subterranean Brotherhood, ch. 16,
- There were men there who had committed merciless robberies, cruel murders, heartless swindles, abominable depravities.
- 1914, Julian Hawthorne, The Subterranean Brotherhood, ch. 16,
- In the context of "uncountable|Christian
theology": Inborn corruption, entailing the
belief that every facet of human nature has been polluted, defiled, and contaminated by sin.
- 1850, Nathaniel
Hawthorne,The Scarlet Letter, ch. 8,
- Here is a child of three years old, and she cannot tell who made her! Without question, she is equally in the dark as to her soul, its present depravity, and future destiny!
- 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne,The Scarlet Letter, ch. 8,
A particular depraved act or trait
- "depravity" in Encarta® World English Dictionary [North American Edition] © & (P)2007 Microsoft Corporation.
- "depravity" in the Wordsmyth Dictionary-Thesaurus © Wordsmyth 2002.
- "depravity" in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press 2007.
- Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.
- Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary, 1987-1996.
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