noun (plural -ties) Date: 1641 1. a corrupt act or practice 2. the quality or state of being depraved

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  • Depravity — De*prav i*ty, n. [From {Deprave}: cf. L. pravitas crookedness, perverseness.] The state of being depraved or corrupted; a vitiated state of moral character; general badness of character; wickedness of mind or heart; absence of religious feeling… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Depravity — may refer to: Total depravity, a theological doctrine that derives from the Augustinian concept of original sin Lack of morality Sin, an act that violates a known moral rule Depravity (album), an album by A Plea for Purging See also Deprivation… …   Wikipedia

  • depravity — de·prav·i·ty /di pra və tē/ n pl ties 1: the quality or state of being depraved 2: a corrupt act or practice Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • depravity — 1640s; see DEPRAVE (Cf. deprave) + ITY (Cf. ity). Earlier in same sense was pravity, from L. pravitas …   Etymology dictionary

  • depravity — [n] corruption, immorality abandonment, baseness, contamination, criminality, debasement, debauchery, degeneracy, degradation, depravation, evil, iniquity, lewdness, licentiousness, perversion, profligacy, sensuality, sinfulness, vice,… …   New thesaurus

  • depravity — [dē prav′ə tē, diprav′ə tē] n. [altered (after DEPRAVE) < obs. pravity < L pravitas, crookedness] 1. a depraved condition; corruption; wickedness 2. pl. depravities a depraved act or practice …   English World dictionary

  • depravity — [[t]dɪpræ̱vɪti[/t]] N UNCOUNT Depravity is very dishonest or immoral behaviour. [FORMAL] I have seen the absolute depravity that can exist in times of war. ...the righteous struggle between decency and depravity. Syn: immorality …   English dictionary

  • depravity — noun a) The state or condition of being depraved; moral debasement. Depravity in the oppressed is no apology for the oppressor. b) A particular depraved act or trait. There were men there who had committed merciless robberies, cruel murders,… …   Wiktionary

  • depravity — noun the depravity of white slavers Syn: corruption, vice, perversion, deviance, degeneracy, immorality, debauchery, dissipation, profligacy, licentiousness, lechery, prurience, obscenity, indecency; wickedness, sin, iniquity; formal turpitude …   Thesaurus of popular words

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

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