Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of perverting or distorting; perversion; vilification.
  • noun The act of making or becoming bad or worse; the act or process of debasement; deterioration.
  • noun Depraved or corrupt quality or character; degeneracy; depravity.
  • noun A depraved tendency; inclination toward evil or corruption.
  • noun Synonyms Depravity, Depravation, deterioration, corruption, vitiation, contamination, debasement. Depravation is especially the act of depraving or the process of becoming depraved; depravity, the state resulting from the act or process. The use of depravation for depravity is uncommon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Detraction; depreciation.
  • noun The act of depraving, or making anything bad; the act of corrupting.
  • noun The state of being depraved or degenerated; degeneracy; depravity.
  • noun (Med.) Change for the worse; deterioration; morbid perversion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Detraction; depreciation.
  • noun The act of depraving, or making anything bad; the act of corrupting.
  • noun The state of being depraved or degenerated; degeneracy; depravity.
  • noun Change for the worse; deterioration; morbid perversion.

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

  • noun moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles

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Examples

  • I ache for you … sleep depravation is absolutely the worst … hang in there … wishing you sweet dreams tonight! pam Said,

    Look At Me Not Sleeping | Her Bad Mother

  • March 30th, 2010 at 1: 26 pm tombaker says: freedom from depravation is the most important freedom of all. something today’s soft, pink, spoiled rotten righties have conveniently forgotten. the proud, hardworking americans of the past would turn away in shame from this tearabble mob.

    Think Progress » Tea party leaders say they would ‘absolutely’ abolish Social Security.

  • If this be improvement, truly I know not what can be called a depravation of society.

    The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. 06 (of 12)

  • She recalls the depravation, despair and daily danger that she and her family suffered there.

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  • The only reason must be because he accepts the 'progressive narrative' about crime and 'depravation'.

    Tony Blair: The Next Labour Prime Minister?

  • In the novel, Berk sets off to join the liberation front with a naïve view of what the war will mean, and Zupan memorably renders the disorientation of combat, the depravation and brutality of guerrilla war and the ghosts of the conflict that trail behind its survivors.

    In Brief: Literature

  • Preparation prior to scene … (submissive training depravation, s/m, etc)

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  • Other discussions throughout the day involved whether the presence of a Wimpy restaurant could be used as an indicator of social depravation, which was the best film trilogy ever made (after Empire magazine got it totally wrong – Star Wars prequels above the Naked Gun trilogy?) and what exactly takes place in those back rooms of Argos?

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  • You were operating on sleep depravation already and than missed a much needed nap - so you felt like crap that night while working out.

    Tyler swears off energy drinks: Day 1

  • To others, he was a negative, malevolent influence over his father from the 1970s onwards, when North Korean began its long and tragic descent into economic depravation, isolation, starvation and poverty.

    Kim Jong-il obituary

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