Definition of turpitude in English:



  • Depravity; wickedness.

    ‘acts of moral turpitude’
    • ‘And if Claudius is simply a drunken thug who pulls a knife on Hamlet even when at prayer, you sacrifice the character's mix of moral turpitude and political skill.’
    • ‘Individuals convicted on charges of corruption, moral turpitude or misuse of power would also be barred from serving as a member of the parliament or the four provincial assemblies.’
    • ‘While depression can inspire some people to greatness, the vast majority are knocked into useless turpitude, so it's no wonder that the left has been so bloody useless this year.’
    • ‘For years, this was a handy picture of ‘official’ moral turpitude, as defined by the Code.’
    • ‘The journalist responsible for the article was put on trial in Argentina and accused of moral turpitude.’
    • ‘It's that lax moral turpitude that's made Britain the great world power it is today.’
    • ‘His actions amounted to an act of moral turpitude.’
    • ‘The argument was that because of their ability to reach directly into Indian homes without any intermediary, the signals could pose a threat to national security as well as Indian culture causing moral and social turpitude.’
    • ‘Only when such destruction threatens to derail the stock market and discredit the entire New Economy does the moral turpitude of top management become an issue.’
    • ‘That was my crime of moral turpitude, which as crimes of moral turpitude go I don't think is too bad.’
    • ‘As I start to wonder about the legitimacy of the test, Alain becomes altogether more aggressive, demanding what I plan to do about the advanced state of misery and moral turpitude in which I have found myself.’
    • ‘The almost invariable habit of the English law was to award custody and control of an infant to its mother, except in the case of moral turpitude.’
    • ‘Some insiders consider this to be moral turpitude on my part.’
    • ‘The errors that Dan made were not of moral turpitude but of human fallibility.’
    • ‘She is also law abiding, yet is made to feel like a ‘professional beggar’ or someone ‘who has been convicted of a felony, or other crime or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude.’’
    • ‘He could spot hypocrisy, pomposity, smugness, snobbery, tomfoolery and turpitude from miles away.’
    • ‘Sometimes he haggles his way into fury, regarding a dollar too much as the peak of moral turpitude.’
    • ‘The investigating committee is unaware of any conduct by either professor that could reasonably be construed as involving moral turpitude.’
    • ‘And I do hope the Korean ministries of justice and national defense give him a chance to be forgiven of his moral turpitude.’
    • ‘The moral turpitude of youth is, and always has been, offensive to its elders.’
    wickedness, immorality, depravity, corruption, corruptness, vice, degeneracy, evil, baseness, iniquity, sinfulness, vileness
    nefariousness, flagitiousness
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Late 15th century: from French, or from Latin turpitudo, from turpis disgraceful, base.