Meaning of “depravity” in the English Dictionary


"depravity" in English

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depravitynoun [ U or C ]

uk /dɪˈpræv.ə.ti/ us /dɪˈpræv.ə.t̬i/

Examples from literature

  • An extraordinary theft was committed about the middle of the month, which very forcibly marked the inherent depravity of some of these miscreants. 
  • She may be accused of tenderness, but never of depravity. 
  • She sits with her eyes full of tears that never fall, and looks at me, when I displease her, as if I were a perfect monster of depravity. 
  • The horrible scenes of depravity he has witnessed in the barracks whence he has emerged, must have produced their natural effect on his mind. 
  • Unrestrained selfishness, while it naturally conserves the individual interests, in its ultimate tendencies, is the very essence of human depravity. 

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

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