Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To debase, especially morally; corrupt. synonym: corrupt.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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

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

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

  • verb corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality

Etymologies

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

[Middle English depraven, to corrupt, from Old French depraver, from Latin dēprāvāre : dē-, de- + prāvus, crooked.]

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