noun[mass noun] • formal
- Depraved or wicked behaviour or character: acts of moral turpitudeMore example sentences
- Individuals convicted on charges of corruption, moral turpitude or misuse of power would also be barred from serving as a member of the parliament or the four provincial assemblies.
- Only when such destruction threatens to derail the stock market and discredit the entire New Economy does the moral turpitude of top management become an issue.
- And if Claudius is simply a drunken thug who pulls a knife on Hamlet even when at prayer, you sacrifice the character's mix of moral turpitude and political skill.
late 15th century: from French, or from Latin turpitudo, from turpis 'disgraceful, base'.