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corruption; evil-doing
Not to be confused with:
deprivation – without economic or social necessities; dispossession; loss
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tr.v. de·praved, de·prav·ing, de·praves
To debase, especially morally; corrupt. See Synonyms at corrupt.

[Middle English depraven, to corrupt, from Old French depraver, from Latin dēprāvāre : dē-, de- + prāvus, crooked.]

dep′ra·va′tion (dĕp′rə-vā′shən) n.
de·prav′er n.
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Noun1.depravation - moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles; "the luxury and corruption among the upper classes"; "moral degeneracy followed intellectual degeneration"; "its brothels, its opium parlors, its depravity"; "Rome had fallen into moral putrefaction"
immorality - the quality of not being in accord with standards of right or good conduct; "the immorality of basing the defense of the West on the threat of mutual assured destruction"
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(= depraving)Verderbung f
(= depravity)Verderbtheit f, → Verworfenheit f
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n. depravación.
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References in classic literature ?
Thus a swarm of foolish novels and monstrous romances will be produced, either to the great impoverishing of booksellers, or to the great loss of time and depravation of morals in the reader; nay, often to the spreading of scandal and calumny, and to the prejudice of the characters of many worthy and honest people.
What befell Asdrubal or Caesar Borgia is as much an illustration of the mind's powers and depravations as what has befallen us.
We should not allow such products to spread depravation and debauchery in our country," said the MP.
East Belfast GP Dr Hubert Curran said: "Doctors prescribe these types of drugs to help patients deal with mental health issues, the stresses of unemployment and other problems created by social depravation.
Seemingly indestructible Myrna is determined to claw her way out of depravation
Like Sarajevo and Srebrenica before it, Kukes will now forever be known as a by-word for suffering and depravation.
Riyadh: Shaikh Saleh Al Luhaidan, Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Council, has said that his controversial fatwa permitting the killing of the owners of television networks broadcasting "depravation and debauchery" was misinterpreted and used out of its context.
He said: "When you see people suffering depravation, with no possessions and no food, it puts things into perspective.
Too many judges don't have a clue about real life, the pain, the terror, or the total depravation these beasts inflict.
In simple terms the further an area is from the decision-making centre of power the greater its depravation.
We will take up the issue of moral depravation in parliament," he said.
paints a devastating picture of poverty and depravation.