Turpitude definition

tûrpĭ-to͝od, -tyo͝od
Depravity; baseness.
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Baseness; vileness; depravity.
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The delinquent juvenile was guilty of moral turpitude.

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A base act.
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An act evident of such a depravity.
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Turpitude is defined as wickedness or sinfulness.

An example of turpitude is behavior considered immoral and sinful by society.

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An instance of this.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
turpitude
Plural:
turpitudes

Origin of turpitude

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin turpitūdō from turpis shameful

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin turpitÅ«dō (“baseness, infamy"), from turpis (“foul, base").

    From Wiktionary