- (uncountable) The state or condition of being depraved; moral debasement.
1850, Herman Melville, chapter 34, in White Jacket, or, The World on a Man-of-War:
- Depravity in the oppressed is no apology for the oppressor.
- (countable) A particular depraved act or trait.
1914, Julian Hawthorne, chapter 16, in The Subterranean Brotherhood:
- There were men there who had committed merciless robberies, cruel murders, heartless swindles, abominable depravities.
- (uncountable, Christian theology) Inborn corruption, entailing the belief that every facet of human nature has been polluted, defiled, and contaminated by sin.
1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne, chapter 8, in The Scarlet Letter:
- Here is a child of three years old, and she cannot tell who made her! Without question, she is equally in the dark as to her soul, its present depravity, and future destiny!
The state or condition of being depraved
A particular depraved act or trait
- “depravity” in Noah Webster, An American Dictionary of the English Language, volume I (A–I), 1st edition, New York, N.Y.: Published by S. Converse; printed by Hezekiah Howe, New Haven, 1828, OCLC 999480247.
- depravity in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- “depravity” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–.
- “depravity” in Microsoft's Encarta World English Dictionary, North American Edition (2007)
- "depravity" in the Wordsmyth Dictionary-Thesaurus (Wordsmyth, 2002)
- "depravity" in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
- Oxford English Dictionary, second edition (1989)
- Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary (1987-1996)