Use the verb deprave as a more dramatic synonym for corrupt: Some parents in the 1980s feared that heavy metal music would deprave their innocent children.

You have probably heard the expression "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach," meaning the sense of taste, when triggered, can inflame feelings like love and passion. Taken to extremes, though, too much indulging of any of the senses can make someone depraved, addicted to or fixated on feeling good. This pursuit of excess is the opposite of a word that sounds and looks like depraved: deprived.

Definitions of deprave
  1. verb
    corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
    synonyms: corrupt, debase, debauch, demoralise, demoralize, misdirect, pervert, profane, subvert, vitiate
    see moresee less
    show 6 types...
    hide 6 types...
    carnalise, carnalize, sensualise, sensualize
    debase through carnal gratification
    corrupt with ideas or an ideology
    lead astray, lead off
    teach immoral behavior to
    spoil as if by poison
    bastardise, bastardize
    change something so that its value declines; for example, art forms
    incite to commit a crime or an evil deed
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
Word Family