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Depravation definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DEPRAVATION, n.
1. The act of making bad or worse; the act of corrupting.
2. The state of being made bad or worse; degeneracy; a state in which good qualities are lost, or impaired. We speak of the depravation of morals, manners or goverment; of the heart or mind; of nature, taste, etc.
3. Censure; defamation.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles; "the luxury and corruption among the upper classes"; "moral degeneracy followed intellectual degeneration"; "its brothels, its opium parlors, its depravity"; "Rome had fallen into moral putrefaction" [syn: corruption, degeneracy, depravation, depravity, putrefaction]

Merriam Webster's

noun see deprave

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Depravation Dep`ra*va"tion (d[e^]p`r[.a]*v[=a]"sh[u^]n), n. [L. depravitio, from depravare: cf. F. d['e]pravation. See Deprave.] 1. Detraction; depreciation. [Obs.] To stubborn critics, apt, without a theme, For depravation. --Shak. 2. The act of depraving, or making anything bad; the act of corrupting. 3. The state of being depraved or degenerated; degeneracy; depravity. The depravation of his moral character destroyed his judgment. --Sir G. C. Lewis. 4. (Med.) Change for the worse; deterioration; morbid perversion. Syn: Depravity; corruption. See Depravity.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Vitiation, corruption, deterioration, abasement, debasement, impairing, injury. 2. Depravity, degeneracy, degeneration, deterioration, debasement, impairment, impaired condition.

Moby Thesaurus

abandon, abandonment, abjection, comedown, corruptedness, corruption, corruptness, debasement, decadence, decadency, declension, declination, decline, deformation, degeneracy, degenerateness, degeneration, degradation, demoralization, demotion, depravedness, depravity, depreciation, derogation, descent, deterioration, devolution, dissoluteness, downtrend, downturn, downward mobility, downward trend, drop, dying, ebb, effeteness, fading, failing, failure, failure of nerve, fall, falling-off, involution, lapse, loss of tone, moral pollution, moral turpitude, profligacy, regression, reprobacy, retrocession, retrogradation, retrogression, rottenness, slippage, slump, turpitude, wane



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