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deprave

[dih-preyv] /dɪˈpreɪv/
verb (used with object), depraved, depraving.
1.
to make morally bad or evil; vitiate; corrupt.
2.
Obsolete. to defame.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English depraven (< Anglo-French) < Latin dēprāvāre to pervert, corrupt, equivalent to dē- de- + prāv(us) crooked + -āre infinitive suffix
Related forms
depravation
[dep-ruh-vey-shuh n] /ˌdɛp rəˈveɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun
depraver, noun
depravingly, adverb
nondepravation, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for deprave

deprave

/dɪˈpreɪv/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make morally bad; corrupt; vitiate
2.
(obsolete) to defame; slander
Derived Forms
depravation (ˌdɛprəˈveɪʃən) noun
depraver, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin dēprāvāre to distort, corrupt, from de- + prāvus crooked
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Word Origin and History for deprave
v.

late 14c., "corrupt, lead astray, pervert," from Old French depraver (14c.) or directly from Latin depravare "distort, disfigure;" figuratively "to pervert, seduce, corrupt," from de- "completely" (see de-) + pravus "crooked." Related: Depraved; depraving.

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