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[dih-prav-i-tee] /dɪˈpræv ɪ ti/
noun, plural depravities. for 2.
the state of being depraved.
a depraved act or practice.
Origin of depravity
1635-45; deprave + -ity
Related forms
nondepravity, noun, plural nondepravities. Unabridged
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  • And he regrets nothing except those incidents of depravity he may have forgotten.
  • Outrage briefly followed his death, as though the depravity of men pummeling each other for public delight had just been revealed.
  • A: I try to stay ahead of the curve of weirdness and depravity, and it is increasingly difficult.
  • To the disappointment of hardened punters, depravity was lacking.
  • It can only continue the desolation of labor and increase the blindness and depravity of the privileged.
  • Borrowing too much is a sign of depravity.
  • As the guilty trio demonstrated, with a little ingenuity and depravity anything is possible.
  • He and his excursions into depravity became the central and only theme of every story he wrote.
  • Your love is blind to his depravity.
  • His character of a page takes us behind the scenes, and shows to what depravity lads were exposed at court.
British Dictionary definitions for depravity


noun (pl) -ties
the state or an instance of moral corruption
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Word Origin and History for depravity

1640s; see deprave + -ity. Earlier in same sense was pravity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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