Definition of deprave in English:
- 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.
The first recorded sense of deprave was ‘pervert the meaning or intention of something’; it comes from Latin depravare, from de- ‘down, thoroughly’ and pravus ‘crooked, perverse’.
- Example sentences
- 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.
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