Definition of deprave in English:


Line breaks: de|prave
Pronunciation: /dɪˈpreɪv


[with object]
  • Make (someone) immoral or wicked: this book would deprave and corrupt young children
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    • The Legislature can hardly have contemplated that a book which tended to corrupt and deprave the average reader or majority of those likely to read it could be justified as being for the public good on any ground.
    • By contaminating the political culture with persuasive but ruinous ideas, populism depraves all electorally-sensitive governments.
    • He claimed that the book had depraved him, but it transpired that he had only read it because he had been asked to appear as a witness for the prosecution.
    corrupt, lead astray, warp, subvert, pervert, debauch, debase, degrade, make degenerate, defile, sully, pollute, poison, contaminate, infect
    archaic demoralize
    rare vitiate



Pronunciation: /dɛprəˈveɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • Permanently tormented by pain, the depravations of peasant life slowly take their toll on him, forcing his wife and daughter to play a more central role in caring for the family.
  • Normally, high teenage pregnancy rates are associated with areas of depravation.
  • They suspected before they began that sleep depravation, smoking, extra jobs and a social life all contributed to a lack of concentration.


late Middle English (in the sense 'pervert the meaning or intention of something'): from Old French depraver or Latin depravare, from de- 'down, thoroughly' + pravus 'crooked, perverse'.

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