turpitude

[tur-pi-tood, -tyood]
noun
1.
vile, shameful, or base character; depravity.
2.
a vile or depraved act.

Origin:
1480–90; < Latin turpitūdō, equivalent to turpi(s) base, vile + -tūdō -tude


1. wickedness, vice, vileness, wrongdoing.
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turpitude (ˈtɜːpɪˌtjuːd)
 
n
base character or action; depravity
 
[C15: from Latin turpitūdō ugliness, from turpis base]

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turpitude
"depravity, infamy," 1490, from M.Fr. turpitude (1417), from L. turpitudinem (nom. turpitudo) "baseness," from turpis "vile, ugly, base, shameful," used in both the moral and the physical senses; of unknown origin. Perhaps originally "what one turns away from" (cf. L. trepit "he turns").
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Example sentences
The coolness and reflection with which this act was managed and concerted, raises its enormity and blackens its turpitude.
If there was turpitude in that twisted soul, it was well-concealed, hidden behind a wall of pranks and movie-star glamour.
In this context, degeneracy connotes a peculiar quantum mechanical state of matter, rather than a state of moral turpitude.
Also, a second crime involving moral turpitude that is expunged is still considered a conviction.
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