Definition of depraved in US English:



  • Morally corrupt; wicked.

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