verb (used with object), de·praved, de·prav·ing.

  1. to make morally bad or evil; vitiate; corrupt.
  2. Obsolete. to defame.

verb (tr)

  1. to make morally bad; corrupt; vitiate
  2. obsolete to defame; slander

late 14c., “corrupt, lead astray, pervert,” from Old French depraver (14c.) or directly from Latin depravare “distort, disfigure;” figuratively “to pervert, seduce, corrupt,” from de- “completely” (see de-) + pravus “crooked.” Related: Depraved; depraving.

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