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turpitude Line breaks: tur¦pi|tude
Pronunciation: /ˈtəːpɪtjuːd/

Definition of turpitude in English:


[mass noun] formal
Depraved or wicked behaviour or character: acts of moral turpitude
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  • 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'.

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