Deprave
Deprave De*prave" (d[-e]*pr[=a]v"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Depraved} (d[-e]*pr[=a]vd"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Depraving}.] [L. depravare, depravatum; de- + pravus crooked, distorted, perverse, wicked.] 1. To speak ill of; to depreciate; to malign; to revile. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

And thou knowest, conscience, I came not to chide Nor deprave thy person with a proud heart. --Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster]

2. To make bad or worse; to vitiate; to corrupt. [1913 Webster]

Whose pride depraves each other better part. --Spenser.

Syn: To corrupt; vitiate; contaminate; pollute. [1913 Webster]


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  • deprave — index corrupt, debase, debauch, degenerate, pervert, pollute, taint (corrupt) Burton s Legal Thesaurus …   Law dictionary

  • deprave — late 14c., corrupt, lead astray, pervert, from O.Fr. depraver (14c.) or directly from L. depravare distort, disfigure; figuratively to pervert, seduce, corrupt, from de completely (see DE (Cf. de )) + pravus crooked. Related: Depraved; depraving …   Etymology dictionary

  • deprave — *debase, vitiate, corrupt, debauch, pervert Analogous words: defile, pollute, taint, *contaminate: *injure, impair, damage, spoil Contrasted words: *improve, better, ameliorate: *exalt, magnify …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • deprave — [v] corrupt, lead astray bastardize, bestialize, brutalize, debase, debauch, degrade, demoralize, pervert, seduce, subvert, vitiate, warp; concept 14 Ant. ennoble, improve, moralize …   New thesaurus

  • deprave — ► VERB ▪ lead away from what is natural or right; corrupt. DERIVATIVES depravity noun. ORIGIN Latin depravare, from pravus crooked, perverse …   English terms dictionary

  • deprave — [dē prāv′, diprāv′] vt. depraved, depraving [ME depraven < OFr depraver < L depravare, to make crooked < de , intens. + pravus, crooked < IE base * pra , to bend > MIr rāth, bulwark] 1. to lead into bad habits; make morally bad;… …   English World dictionary

  • deprave — [[t]dɪpre͟ɪv[/t]] depraves, depraving, depraved VERB Something that depraves someone makes them morally bad or evil. [FORMAL] [V n] It is a crime to publish or show material likely to deprave or corrupt those who see, hear or read it. Syn:… …   English dictionary

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