depraveverb [ T ]uk /dɪˈpreɪv/ us /dɪˈpreɪv/ formal
› to make someone depraved
Thesaurus: synonyms and related words
- be under a cloud idiom
- bring/take sb down a peg (or two) idiom
- bruise sb's ego idiom
- cut sb down to size idiom
- fall from grace idiom
- knock sb off their pedestal idiom 1
- knock sb off their pedestal
- lower your sights idiom
Examples from literature
- But let nobody conclude therefore that Mr Redford is a monster, whose policy it is to deprave the theatre.
- I do not know anything that more effectually depraves and ruins their moral and religious principles.
- I speak from observation when I say that infants, whose habits have not been depraved, will not prefer hot bread of any kind.
- It is by metaphor. They alter, they force, they deprave the meaning of three or four words, and all is done.