Definition of deprave in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈprāv/


[with object]
Make (someone) immoral or wicked: this book would deprave and corrupt young children
More example sentences
  • 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, defile, sully, pollute



Pronunciation: /ˌdeprəˈvāSH(ə)n/
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.


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'.

  • 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’.

Words that rhyme with deprave

behave, brave, Cave, clave, concave, crave, Dave, engrave, enslave, fave, forgave, gave, grave, knave, lave, Maeve, misbehave, misgave, nave, outbrave, pave, rave, save, shave, shortwave, slave, stave, they've, waive, wave

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Syllabification: de·prave

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