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- adj. Characterized by turpitude.
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In this context, "white magic" is etymologically the same as a "white lie"-- still morally turpitudinous, but hey, I'm not hurting anybody so there's no need to call the Inquisition, right?
“If so, that was indeed turpitudinous of him,” Harriet agreed.
Corruption, lying, and other morally turpitudinous behaviors are second nature to them.