transitive verb-·praved′, -·prav′ing
- to lead into bad habits; make morally bad; corrupt; pervert
- Obs. to defame or slander
Origin of depraveMiddle English depraven from Old French depraver from Classical Latin depravare, to make crooked from de-, intensive + pravus, crooked from Indo-European base an unverified form pra-, to bend from source Middle Irish r?th, bulwark
transitive verbde·praved, de·prav·ing, de·praves
To debase, especially morally; corrupt. See Synonyms at corrupt.
Origin of depraveMiddle English depraven to corrupt from Old French depraver from Latin dēprāvāre dē- de- prāvus crooked
(third-person singular simple present depraves, present participle depraving, simple past and past participle depraved)