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noun (depravit, ies)
  1. (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 , and future destiny!

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