Definition of depravation in US English:

depravation

noun

  • See deprave

    • ‘Permanently tormented by pain, the depravations of peasant life slowly take their toll on him, forcing his wife and daughter to play a more central role in caring for the family.’
    • ‘Normally, high teenage pregnancy rates are associated with areas of depravation.’
    • ‘They suspected before they began that sleep depravation, smoking, extra jobs and a social life all contributed to a lack of concentration.’
    • ‘Really extreme sleep depravation brings hallucinations and difficulty speaking and moving.’
    • ‘He left fairly comfortable circumstances to sail 12,000 miles and suffered hardship and depravation.’

Pronunciation

depravation

/ˌdeprəˈvāSH(ə)n//ˌdɛprəˈveɪʃ(ə)n/