Pravity Prav"i*ty, n. [L. pravitas, from pravus crooked, perverse.] Deterioration; degeneracy; corruption; especially, moral crookedness; moral perversion; perverseness; depravity; as, the pravity of human nature. ``The pravity of the will.'' --South. [1913 Webster]

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