depraved

adjective

the depraved patrons of these sex shops

Syn:
corrupt, perverted, deviant, degenerate, debased, immoral, unprincipled; debauched, dissolute, licentious, lecherous, prurient, indecent, sordid; wicked, sinful, vile, iniquitous, nefarious; informal warped, twisted, sick
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depraved, corrupt, debased, degenerate, perverted, vile
There are many terms to describe the dark side of human nature. Someone who preys on young children would be considered depraved, a term that means totally immoral and implies a warped character or a twisted mind (a depraved man who stole money from his own mother and eventually murdered her). While depraved suggests an absolute condition, degenerate is a relative term that implies deterioration from a mental, moral, or physical standard (her degenerate habits eventually led to her arrest for possession of drugs). Corrupt also suggests a deterioration or loss of soundness, particularly through a destructive or contaminating influence. But unlike depraved, which usually applies to the lower end of the human spectrum, people in high positions are often referred to as corrupt (a corrupt politician from a prominent family). To say that someone or something is debased suggests a lowering in quality, value, dignity, or character (debased by having to spend time in prison). Perverted and vile are the strongest of these words describing lack of moral character. Perverted suggests a distortion of someone or something from what is right, natural, or true; in a moral sense, it means to use one's appetites or natural desires for other ends than those which are considered normal or natural (a perverted individual who never should have been left alone with young children). Most people find criminals who prey on either very old or very young victims to be vile, a more general term for whatever is loathsome, repulsive, or utterly despicable (a vile killer who deserved the maximum sentence).

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  • depraved — de·praved /di prāvd/ adj: marked by moral corruption or perversion as shown by a capacity for extreme and wanton physical cruelty the depraved state of mind of the murderer the depraved nature of the crime Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law.… …   Law dictionary

  • depraved — debased, vitiated, corrupted, corrupt, debauched, perverted (see under DEBASE) Analogous words: dissolute, *abandoned, reprobate, profligate: degenerate, infamous, villainous, *vicious: degraded, debased (see ABASE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • depraved — [adj] corrupt, immoral abandoned, bad, base, debased, debauched, degenerate, degraded, dirty*, dirty minded, dissolute, evil, fast*, filthy*, flagitous, gone to the dogs*, kinky*, lascivious, lewd, licentious, low, mean, miscreant, nefarious,… …   New thesaurus

  • depraved — [dēprāvd′, diprāvd′] adj. morally bad; corrupt; perverted depravedly [dēprā′vid lē, diprā′vid lē] adv …   English World dictionary

  • Depraved — Wikipedia does not have an encyclopedia article for Depraved (search results). You may want to read Wiktionary s entry on Depraved instead.wiktionary:Special:Search/Depraved …   Wikipedia

  • depraved — [[t]dɪpre͟ɪvd[/t]] ADJ GRADED Depraved actions, things, or people are morally bad or evil. It has been condemned as the most disturbing and depraved film of its kind... She described it as the work of depraved and evil criminals. Syn: immoral,… …   English dictionary

  • Depraved — Deprave De*prave (d[ e]*pr[=a]v ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Depraved} (d[ e]*pr[=a]vd ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Depraving}.] [L. depravare, depravatum; de + pravus crooked, distorted, perverse, wicked.] 1. To speak ill of; to depreciate; to malign; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • depraved — de|praved [dıˈpreıvd] adj [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: deprave to make evil (14 21 centuries), from French dépraver, from Latin pravus bent, bad ] completely evil or morally unacceptable ▪ a killer s depraved mind >depravity [dıˈprævıti] n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • depraved — adjective completely evil or morally unacceptable: a vicious and depraved man …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • depraved — adjective deviating from what is considered moral or right or proper or good depraved criminals a perverted sense of loyalty the reprobate conduct of a gambling aristocrat • Syn: ↑perverse, ↑perverted, ↑reprobate • Similar …   Useful english dictionary

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