tur·pi·tude /'tər-pə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd/ n: inherent baseness or depravity; also: a base act

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun bad character, bad name, baseness, character, corruption, decadence, degeneracy, degradation, depravity, disrepute, ill repute, immorality, infamy, obscenity, perfidy, shady reputation, vileness, wickedness, wrongdoing II index bad faith, bad repute, corruption, defilement, delinquency (misconduct), discredit, dishonor (shame), disrepute, guilt, knavery, misconduct, misdoing, perversion, shame, vice, wrong

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

See moral turpitude

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

Conduct that is unjust, depraved, or shameful; that which is contrary to justice, modesty, or good morals.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

Conduct that is unjust, depraved, or shameful; that which is contrary to justice, modesty, or good morals.

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  • turpitude — [ tyrpityd ] n. f. • XIVe; lat. turpitudo, de turpis « honteux » ♦ Littér. ou iron. 1 ♦ Caractère de bassesse, d indignité. ⇒ ignominie, infamie. « J ai souvent dit le mal dans toute sa turpitude » (Rousseau). 2 ♦ Action, parole, idée basse,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • turpitude — TURPITUDE. s. f. Infamie, bassesse. Cela fait voir sa turpitude. ce Juge est un concussionnaire, je feray voir sa turpitude. il y a de la turpitude à cela. On dit, Découvrir la turpitude de quelqu un, d une famille, pour dire, Découvrir quelque… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Turpitude — Turpitude, meaning baseness or depravity, can refer specifically to: *Moral turpitude, a legal concept in the United States *Gnostical turpitude, the crime of the protagonist in Vladimir Nabokov s Invitation to a Beheading Turpitude Design is… …   Wikipedia

  • turpitude — depravity, infamy, late 15c., from M.Fr. turpitude (early 15c.), from L. turpitudinem (nom. turpitudo) baseness, from turpis vile, ugly, base, shameful, used in both the moral and the physical senses; of unknown origin. Perhaps originally what… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Turpitude — Tur pi*tude, n. [L. turpitudo, from turpis foul, base.] Inherent baseness or vileness of principle, words, or actions; shameful wickedness; depravity. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • turpitude — [n] depravity baseness, corruption, criminality, debasement, debauchery, degradation, evil, immorality, improbity, lewdness, licentiousness, perversion, sinfulness, vice, viciousness, vileness, wickedness; concept 645 …   New thesaurus

  • turpitude — ► NOUN formal ▪ depravity; wickedness. ORIGIN Latin turpitudo, from turpis disgraceful, base …   English terms dictionary

  • turpitude — [tʉr′pi to͞od΄, tʉr′pityo͞od΄] n. [MFr < L turpitudo < turpis, base, vile < IE * tṛpis, from which one must turn < base * trep , to turn away > Sans trapa, shame, embarrassment] 1. baseness; vileness; depravity 2. an instance of… …   English World dictionary

  • turpitude — (tur pi tu d ) s. f. 1°   Laideur morale. •   Plaisanteries.... qui font retomber le théâtre dans la turpitude d où quelques auteurs plus modestes l avaient tiré, RAC. Plaid. Préface. •   Ceux ci craignent d offenser, ceux là redoublent de… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • TURPITUDE — s. f. Ignominie qui résulte de quelque action honteuse. Il y a une grande turpitude dans l action dont vous parlez. Cela fait voir sa turpitude.   Découvrir, révéler la turpitude de quelqu un, d une famille, Découvrir quelque chose qui doit faire …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

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