Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To debase, especially morally; corrupt. See Synonyms at corrupt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To speak ill of
  • v. to make (a situation) bad or worse
  • v. to corrupt
  • v. to depreciate
  • v. to malign
  • v. to revile
  • v. to vitiate

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To speak ill of; to depreciate; to malign; to revile.
  • transitive v. To make bad or worse; to vitiate; to corrupt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pervert; distort; speak evil of; misreport; calumniate; vilify.
  • To make bad or worse; pervert; vitiate; corrupt: as, to deprave the heart, mind, understanding, will, tastes, etc.; to deprave the morals, government, laws, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality

Etymologies

Middle English depraven, to corrupt, from Old French depraver, from Latin dēprāvāre : dē-, de- + prāvus, crooked.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • I didn't know if I could fully deprave myself with an audience if I could see said audience.

    whoring

  • Lord Horror was the last novel to be successfully prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Acts as likely to corrupt and deprave those who read it (the decision was finally overturned on appeal).

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  • Who cares if he robbed from those deprave life from others.

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  • A sustained attack from a foe more insidious and corrupting than anything that had assailed our shores before; a demonic force that destroyed our mental health, that could deprave all who came into contact with it.

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  • For their troubles, Besant and Bradlaugh stood in the dock accused of circulating obscene material calculated to deprave public morals and faced the likelihood of a lengthy stretch in jail.

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  • Two members had remained exceedingly hostile to the case, and because of their refusal to compromise the jury declared: ‘We are unanimously of the opinion that the book in question is calculated to deprave public morals, but at the same time we entirely exonerate the defendants from any corrupt motives in publishing it.’

    Important Battles « Tales from the Reading Room

  • "Obscene in the sense of calculated to disgust rather than to deprave or corrupt, yes."

    She Closed Her Eyes

  • These five persons must then say whether the book or periodical is ‘indecent’, which word ‘shall be construed as including calculated to excite sexual passions or to suggest or incite to sexual immorality or in any other way to corrupt or deprave’, or whether, if it be not ‘indecent’ it inculcates ‘principles contrary to public morality’, or ‘tends to be injurious or detrimental to or subversive of public morality’.

    Later Articles and Reviews

  • Information Technology act 2000, section 67, prohibits the publication or transmission of any material, ‘which is lascivious or appeals to the prurient interest or if its effect is such as to tend to deprave and corrupt persons who are likely, having regard to all relevant circumstances, to read, see or hear the matter contained or embodied in it’.

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  • These may cause harm to the mind of the adolescent and tend to deprave or corrupt their minds.

    Cyber Crimes

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