Meaning of “deprave” in the English Dictionary

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"deprave" in British English

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depraveverb [ T ]

uk /dɪˈpreɪv/ us /dɪˈpreɪv/ formal

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. 

(Definition of “deprave” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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