Depraving
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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