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to make morally bad or evil
Not to be confused with:
deprive – to withhold something from another; strip, divest
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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.
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1. to make morally bad; corrupt; vitiate
2. obsolete to defame; slander
[C14: from Latin dēprāvāre to distort, corrupt, from de- + prāvus crooked]
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v.t. -praved, -prav•ing.
1. to make morally bad or evil; vitiate; corrupt.
2. Obs. to defame.
[1325–75; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin dēprāvāre to pervert, corrupt =dē- de- + -pravāre, derivative of prāvus crooked]
dep•ra•va•tion (ˌdɛp rəˈveɪ ʃən) n.
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Past participle: depraved
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|Verb||1.||deprave - corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality; "debauch the young people with wine and women"; "Socrates was accused of corrupting young men"; "Do school counselors subvert young children?"; "corrupt the morals"|
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
infect - corrupt with ideas or an ideology; "society was infected by racism"
lead astray, lead off - teach immoral behavior to; "It was common practice to lead off the young ones, and teach them bad habits"
poison - spoil as if by poison; "poison someone's mind"; "poison the atmosphere in the office"
suborn - incite to commit a crime or an evil deed; "He suborned his butler to cover up the murder of his wife"
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verb corrupt, pervert, degrade, seduce, subvert, debase, demoralize, debauch, brutalize, lead astray, vitiate material likely to deprave those who hear or read it
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deprave[dɪˈpreɪv] VT → depravar
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deprave[dɪˈpreɪv] vt (= corrupt) [+ person] → dépraver
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vt → verderben
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