noun (depravit, ies)
- (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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