Complete Definition of "depravity"

English

Noun
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#uncountable The state or condition of being depraved; moral debasement.
#*1850, w:Herman_Melville|Herman Melville, White Jacket, or, The World on a Man-of-War, ch. 34,
#*:Depravity in the oppressed is no apology for the oppressor.
#countable A particular depraved act or trait.
#*1914, w:Julian_Hawthorne|Julian Hawthorne, The Subterranean Brotherhood, ch. 16,
#*:There were men there who had committed merciless robberies, cruel murders, heartless swindles, abominable depravities.
#context|uncountable|Christian theology Inborn corruption, entailing the belief that every facet of human nature has been polluted, defiled, and contaminated by sin.
#*1850, w:Nathaniel_Hawthorne|Nathaniel Hawthorne,The Scarlet Letter, ch. 8,
#*:Here is a child of three years old, and she cannot tell who made her! Without question, she is equally in the dark as to her soul, its present depravity, and future destiny!

Synonyms
wickedness

Related terms
depravation
depravedness

References
R:Webster 1828
R:Webster 1913
R:Dictionary.com
"depravity" in Encarta® World English Dictionary [North American Edition] © & (P)2007 Microsoft Corporation.
"depravity" in the Wordsmyth Dictionary-Thesaurus © Wordsmyth 2002.
"depravity" in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press 2007.
Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.
Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary, 1987-1996.

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