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turpitude

[tur-pi-tood, -tyood] /ˈtɜr pɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
noun
1.
vile, shameful, or base character; depravity.
2.
a vile or depraved act.
Origin of turpitude
1480-1490
1480-90; < Latin turpitūdō, equivalent to turpi(s) base, vile + -tūdō -tude
Synonyms
1. wickedness, vice, vileness, wrongdoing.
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British Dictionary definitions for turpitude

turpitude

/ˈtɜːpɪˌtjuːd/
noun
1.
base character or action; depravity
Word Origin
C15: from Latin turpitūdō ugliness, from turpis base
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Word Origin and History for turpitude
n.

"depravity, infamy," late 15c., from Middle French turpitude (early 15c.), from Latin turpitudinem (nominative 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. Latin trepit "he turns").

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