Definitions

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

  • noun Moral corruption or degradation.
  • noun A depraved act or condition.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being depraved or corrupt; corruption; degeneracy: as, depravity of manners or morals.
  • noun Specifically
  • noun In theology, the hereditary tendency of mankind, derived from Adam through his descendants, to commit sin; original sin.
  • noun Profligacy, baseness, degeneracy, vice, demoralization.

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

  • noun The state of being depraved or corrupted; a vitiated state of moral character; general badness of character; wickedness of mind or heart; absence of religious feeling and principle.
  • noun See Original sin, and Calvinism.

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

  • noun uncountable The state or condition of being depraved; moral debasement.
  • noun countable A particular depraved act or trait.
  • noun uncountable, Christian theology Inborn corruption, entailing the belief that every facet of human nature has been polluted, defiled, and contaminated by sin.

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

  • noun moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles
  • noun a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice

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Examples

  • There are some who pretend to be so learned, in what they call the depravity of human nature, that, after having heard you speak thus admirably in favour of virtue, they would think it more than an equal chance that you are one of the wickedest of men. '

    The Adventures of Hugh Trevor

  • Do you know how much sexual depravity is in the Bible?

    Think Progress » Right-wing Texas Education Board accidentally bans popular children’s book author.

  • It could be argued that this sort of easy portrayal of the conflict between decency and depravity is false to the actual content of evil, a sentimentalized response.

    Translated Texts

  • It could be argued that this sort of easy portrayal of the conflict between decency and depravity is false to the actual content of evil, a sentimentalized response.

    Point of View in Fiction

  • It could be argued that this sort of easy portrayal of the conflict between decency and depravity is false to the actual content of evil, a sentimentalized response.

    December 2009

  • Total depravity is the fallen state of man as a result of original sin.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • It could be argued that this sort of easy portrayal of the conflict between decency and depravity is false to the actual content of evil, a sentimentalized response.

    Furies

  • Total depravity is the fallen state of man as a result of original sin.

    The Story of Christianity Explains All Others

  • There would come a point where I think faith takes over, where people left to suffer in depravity (like the Ore ship) would have to believe that any portent of hope is more than chance.

    MIND MELD: If We Ran Battlestar Galactica

  • As someone else mentioned, this kind of logic and moral depravity is probably matched only by al Qaeda itself, who see their maiming and murder of innocents as entirely morally justified because of the "existential threat" that the US poses to them and theirs (in their sick minds).

    Balkinization

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