Definition of depraved in US English:



  • Morally corrupt; wicked.

    ‘a depraved indifference to human life’
    • ‘While I escaped his lecherous depraved mauling, other young men were not so lucky.’
    • ‘But deep within this depraved human being is a need for cohesion and clarity.’
    • ‘‘To plan and execute the violent attack on her sleeping husband was really a most depraved act,’ he said.’
    • ‘But she said: ‘I had gone to celebrate a friend's birthday and all of a sudden was drawn into some depraved sex show.’’
    • ‘Legend tells us that the golden civilisation became so corrupt and depraved that it was destroyed by the angry gods - but did the city ever exist at all?’
    • ‘I'm just speechless at that level of depraved planning.’
    • ‘Such a universally useful item should not be regarded as depraved.’
    • ‘According to this model, conversion is seen as a momentous transformation of life from a depraved past to a sacred present and a promised future.’
    • ‘For several years he himself has been voluntarily living in a depraved state.’
    • ‘It isn't the first time he has shown a depraved indifference toward responsibility, and sadly, it may not be the last.’
    • ‘As her reliance on the townspeople grows, they make increasingly depraved demands on the woman.’
    • ‘There are some sick, sick people in this world and I do not want to be part of their quest to find the depraved things they are looking for.’
    • ‘Be prepared to be asked to engage in all sorts of depraved activities.’
    • ‘No one should be in any doubt about his depraved intentions’
    • ‘And what I draw from it is that this is a man with a depraved heart and a complete disregard for human life.’
    • ‘The depraved plot is shot with a schizophrenic camera incorporating elements of peepshows, montage and silent horror films amongst others.’
    • ‘Inevitably, you must wonder whether barbarism is the natural condition of man let loose, or the depraved state of man when corrupted by violence.’
    • ‘What if she is not a depraved sadist but an insecure character desperate for approval?’
    • ‘But somehow or other we have to attempt to understand the origins of this depraved, evil behaviour.’
    • ‘Someone who can, in all deliberateness, actually give forth that depraved statement would do well, truly, to reconsider or shut up.’
    corrupt, corrupted, perverted, deviant, degenerate, debased, degraded, immoral, unprincipled, reprobate
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