depravation (dep" ruh VAY shuhn) (s) (noun)
, depravations (pl)
1. In medicine, a deterioration or a change for the worse: The depravations of sleep resulted in the Robert's health getting worse.
2. That which is bad or morally corrupt: The depravation of Mr. Moore, the politician, was revealed and ended his career as a leading member of his political party.
deprave (di PRAYV) (verb)
, depraves; depraved; depraving
1. To make evil or morally bad or having a corrupting influence on someone: The TV program was taken off the air because many viewers were calling in complaining that it was depraving and corrupting their children.
2. To change for the worse; especially, morally; to corrupt or to pervert: Some talk-show hosts don't seem to realize how they have depraved their words with disgusting and unacceptable vulgarism.
depraved (di PRAVD) (adjective)
, more depraved, most depraved
1. Marked by immorality; deviating from what is considered right or proper or good: Rebecca's depraved
life style resulted in the court taking her two children, Susan and Tim, away from her and putting them in a foster home.
2. Having shown great moral corruption or wickedness: Jack, the killer, had a depraved
disregard for human life.
Judge Smith declared that Alice with her depraved behavior would no longer be allowed to have any more contacts with young teenagers.
, more depravedly, most depravedly
In a wicked or immoral manner: On TV, Jane, the hotel maid, accused the man of depravedly forcing her to commit sexual acts.
depravedness (s) (noun) (no plural form)
The state, or condition, of being illegal, immoral, or evil: The depravedness of the novel promoted dishonesty and immorality; so, it was removed from the library.
depravement (s) (noun)
, depravements (pl)
1. A condition in which someone speaks ill of, maligns, or reviles another person: During the trial, the man's wife, Anita, testified about his depravements; including being a liar about his immoral relations with other women.
2. That which is bad or worse: The depravement of the administrators of the newspaper was revealed by Sam, one of its reporters.
depraver (s) (noun)
, depravers (pl)
Anyone who speaks ill of or who maligns another person or others: The reporter of the local newspaper was accused of being a depraver of those who did not agree with his political viewpoints.
depravity (s) (noun)
, depravities (pl)
1. A state, or condition, of moral corruption: Earl's autobiography revealed a life of wickedness and depravity.
2. A morally corrupt or wicked act or acts: Mrs. Jackson was fired because of her depravities with a boy in one of her classes.
pravity (s) (noun)
, pravities (pl)
Deterioration, degeneracy, corruption: The minister, Mr. Evans, preached to the members of his church that they should pray to God to remove the pravities of all moral perversions and wickedness in their lives and strive for righteousness and more spiritual lives.
, more self-depraved, most self-depraved
Corrupted or departing from moral principles by one's decision: The self-depraved business administrator was fired for his harassments of women who worked in his department.
sleep deprivation (s) (noun)
, sleep deprivations (pl)
1. Going for extended periods of time without sleep: Mark's illness caused sleep deprivations many times until his health finally improved.
2. A general lack of a necessary amount of sleep: Sleep deprivations may occur as a result of sleep disorders, an active choice, or a deliberate inducement; such as, during an interrogation in order to force that person to give up information or to make a confession of something.
total depravity (s) (noun)
, total depravities (pl)
1. The Calvinist doctrine that everyone is born in a state of corruption as a result of original sin: The religious organization maintained that all people are born into total depravity
2. The doctrine, primarily held by conservative Christians, that every part of a person has been hopelessly damaged by sin: One definition of total depravity
is seen in the sins shown by people who fail to do what is right; especially, toward one's fellow human beings.
Whatever the origin of total depravity is, the testimony of the Biblical writers is that sin, or depravity, is universal, something that can enslave each person individually, and that which corrupts society collectively.
The enslavement of total depravity is something from which people cannot free themselves by their own efforts but by the forgiveness of God and their dedication to God's will and following His teachings of honesty, moral living, righteousness, doing unto others as you would have them do unto you, and emphasizing a spiritual life instead of striving to satisfy physical desires (wealth, material things, popularity, etc.).