Definition of turpitude in English:

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turpitude

Pronunciation: /ˈtərpəˌt(y)o͞od/

noun

formal
Depravity; wickedness: 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.

Origin

Late 15th century: from French, or from Latin turpitudo, from turpis 'disgraceful, base'.

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Syllabification: tur·pi·tude

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