turpitude

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin turpitūdō (baseness, infamy), from turpis (foul, base).

Noun[edit]

turpitude (countable and uncountable, plural turpitudes)

  1. Inherent baseness, depravity or wickedness; corruptness and evilness.
    • 1886, Robert Louis Stephenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde:
      As for the moral turpitude that man unveiled to me, even with tears of penitence, I cannot, eve in memory, dwell on it without a start of horror.
  2. An act evident of such a depravity.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin turpitūdō.

Noun[edit]

turpitude f (plural turpitudes)

  1. turpitude (depravity, wickedness)
  2. turpitude (depraved or wicked act)

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