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  • Living in the Congo shakes open the prison house of my disposition and lets all the wicked hoodoo Adahs run forth. To amuse my depraved Adah self during homework time I...   (source)
  • Thereafter, family politics consisted of assassination, betrayal, and other depravities, reducing Palancar's house to a shadow of its former grandeur.   (source)
    depravities = actions that are completely immoral or evil
  • Even a half-remembrance of this episode, along with myriad other humiliations, defeats, and emasculations, could stir him into flights of depravity that surprised himself--but only himself.   (source)
    depravity = immorality or evilness
  • Before Bree I never knew such sheer, depraved forwardness could be so much fun.   (source)
    depraved = completely immoral
  • Turning and turning, a dance of depraved delight.   (source)
    depraved = completely immoral or evil
  • men with warrants outstanding for reckless endangerment and depraved indifference.   (source)
    depraved = immoral or evil
  • You're dangerous and depraved, and you ought to be taken outside and shot!   (source)
    depraved = completely immoral or evil
  • He had called it obscene and depraved in assembly; what would he say to the town?   (source)
  • I have prayed-to both sides-for release from this depravity of thought,   (source)
    depravity = immorality or evilness
  • My duties most certainly do not include taking the guise of some gargantuan hag so that your depraved relations can paw at me.   (source)
    depraved = completely immoral or evil
  • Wholesome people, beautiful people, and sick, miserable, depraved people.   (source)
  • Hey, I'm depraved on account I'm deprived!   (source)
    depraved = immoral
  • She owns a whorehouse, the most vicious and depraved in this whole end of the country.   (source)
    depraved = completely immoral or evil
  • Randy knew he wasn't an alcoholic because an alcoholic craved liquor. He never craved it. He just drank for pleasure and the most pleasurable of all drinks was the first one on a crisp winter morning. Besides, when you took it with coffee that made it part of breakfast, and therefore not so depraved.   (source)
    depraved = immoral or evil
  • Let him be food for fishes, this dog Siddhartha, this lunatic, this depraved and rotten body, this weakened and abused soul!   (source)
    depraved = completely immoral or evil
  • Our experience here in Dixie with such depraved types of Negroes has shown that only the death penalty, inflicted in a public and dramatic manner, has any influence upon their peculiar mentality.   (source)
  • her alternations between heavenly goodness and hellish depravity   (source)
    depravity = evilness
  • The enormity of the crime and the extreme depravity of the criminal, appear the greater in view of the character of the victim,   (source)
    depravity = immorality or evilness
  • Her youth and her bodily defects had done nothing to stop her being already quite depraved.   (source)
    depraved = immoral or evil
  • He was frankly horrified at the idea that had come to him, it was murder that he was meditating; and he wondered if other people had such thoughts or whether he was abnormal and depraved.   (source)
    depraved = completely immoral or evil
  • When I would come back from these excursions, I was often plunged into a kind of wonder at my vicarious depravity.   (source)
    depravity = immorality
  • A most depraved old gentleman,   (source)
    depraved = immoral or evil
  • ...my full vision—on the evidence—of our employer's late clever, good-looking "own" man; impudent, assured, spoiled, depraved.   (source)
    depraved = completely immoral or evil
  • And yet his crime was committed more in thoughtlessness than deliberate depravity.   (source)
    depravity = immorality or evilness
  • if the whole nature is so corrupt, so depraved, that...   (source)
    depraved = immoral or evil
  • Deprave my little children?   (source)
    deprave = make immoral or evil
  • a nature the most gross, impure, depraved I ever saw, was associated with mine,   (source)
    depraved = completely immoral or evil
  • So he was becoming depraved.   (source)
  • While she was considering him thus, tasting in her irritation a sort of depraved pleasure, Leon made a step forward.   (source)
    depraved = immoral or evil
  • They are a depraved, worthless set.   (source)
    depraved = completely immoral
  • he relied upon his own depravity to shield and sustain him in his savage barbarity;   (source)
    depravity = immorality or evilness
  • "There is," said he, at the end of his meditations, "a clever maxim, which bears upon what I was saying to you some little while ago, and that is, that unless wicked ideas take root in a naturally depraved mind, human nature, in a right and wholesome state, revolts at crime."   (source)
    depraved = completely immoral or evil
  • In the manner of thrusting the corpse up the chimney, you will admit that there was something ... altogether irreconcilable with our common notions of human action, even when we suppose the actors the most depraved of men.   (source)
  • But, Cousin, consider that, if you destroy delicacy and a sense of shame in a young girl, you deprave her very fast.   (source)
    deprave = make someone immoral or evil
  • I had turned loose into the world a depraved wretch, whose delight was in carnage and misery;   (source)
    depraved = completely immoral or evil
  • Wilfully and wantonly to have thrown off the companion of my youth, the acknowledged favourite of my father, a young man who had scarcely any other dependence than on our patronage, and who had been brought up to expect its exertion, would be a depravity,   (source)
    depravity = immoral or evil act
  • No boy child is to be left alive, to grow up lusting to revenge his slaughtered father; no girl child, to corrupt the People of Joy with her depraved ways.†   (source)
  • After this, decadence and depravity can be justified!†   (source)
  • No one really understands how depraved this situation truly is, including me, but I know it's ugly.†   (source)
  • It was almost as if his former self—the one who'd believed that WICKED's objective was worth any depraved action—was trying to convince him that it was true.†   (source)
  • He was lascivious, depraved—our much-appreciated holiday in the emergency room had taken a nasty turn.†   (source)
  • Retaining our humanity, cherishing our heritage, we fought the depravity of the Nazis with subtle forms of resistance.†   (source)
  • At Assembly the next morning she was made to look up depravity in the Oxford Dictionary and read aloud its meaning.†   (source)
  • Weylin didn't look especially vicious or depraved.†   (source)
  • Beyond that, Burgess is interested in depravity, not prurience.†   (source)
  • The city's stern Protestant upper class saw him as a civic satyr whose tolerance of prostitution, gambling and alcohol had allowed the city's vice districts, most notably the Levee—home of the infamous bartender and robber Mickey Finn—to swell to new heights of depravity.†   (source)
  • You have the chance to save a child from destitution, poverty, and I believe Mrs. Scatcherd would agree that it is not too great an exaggeration to add sin and depravity.†   (source)
  • "Those women are all depraved," she warned her.†   (source)
  • Depravity and embarrassment was pretty much the theme of the collection, each one sillier or more disgusting than the last.†   (source)
  • Underpinning all of it like the fiscal standard in commercial societies lay a bedrock of depravity and violence where in an egalitarian absolute every man was judged by a single standard and that was his readiness to kill.†   (source)
  • Or a sexually depraved fiend who preys on young girls.†   (source)
  • God knows what depravity we might get up to here without your guidance.†   (source)
  • Hugh shouted, "Keep your trousers on, you depraved lunatic!"†   (source)
  • The amende was so sweetly made that even Lydia Sessions, still exceedingly employed at being pictorially chagrined over the depravity of her neophyte, could but be appeased.†   (source)
  • If Helene is whipped because of his depravity, I'll hold off on deserting just so I can kill him.†   (source)
  • The defendant committed the offense in a particularly heinous, cruel, or depraved manner that involved torture or physical abuse to the victim.†   (source)
  • Jefferson, who believed that slavery was a "moral and political depravity," nonetheless refused to free his own slaves and gave no public support to emancipation.†   (source)
  • I was glad at last that the innkeeper had begun to set some limits upon his depraved behavior, but I worried for Aphra's children, in case he should vent his drunken rage upon them.†   (source)
  • Now the planners are asking their people not to blame the government, but to blame the depravity of the rich, because I turned out to be an irresponsible playboy, instead of the greedy capitalist I was expected to be.†   (source)
  • "If any place in the world is utterly given over to depravity, it is Port Tobacco," he will quote a journalist as saying in his memoirs.†   (source)
  • They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity.†   (source)
  • They show the infirmities and depravities of the human character.†   (source)
  • I couldn't bear to imagine what awful sight it might be, what horrible tangle and depravity.†   (source)
  • Or he must be highly amused by depravity.†   (source)
  • unless it be a pseudo-Italianate variant on triste ( = wretched, depraved).†   (source)
  • They carried the conversation into the depths of depravity.†   (source)
  • All of his depravity had been enacted in a vacuum of sinless and businesslike godlessness, while his soul thirsted for beatitude.†   (source)
  • Therefore, one thinks what is proper, true, and good, and what is improper, false, and depraved.†   (source)
  • He had never thought himself a great sinner before but he saw now that his true depravity had been hidden from him lest it cause him despair.†   (source)
  • She began to cry, her depraved face breaking into an infant's grimace; and they moved away from her, leaving her dirty in a dirty room, alone to face her Maker.†   (source)
  • Earlier a member of the Cabinet had recorded in his diary: While I am reluctant to believe in the total depravity of the Senate, I place but little dependence on the honesty and truthfulness of a large portion of the Senators.†   (source)
  • Yet the fashion is changing: it is permissible to glorify the old ways sometimes, providing one says how depraved the natives have become since.†   (source)
  • It is the word by which the depraved steal the virtue of the good,   (source)
    depraved = completely immoral or evil
  • the eternal question presented itself whether all this was simple stupidity and human frailty, a common depravity, or...   (source)
    depravity = immorality or evilness
  • not one drop of real depravity had penetrated to her heart;   (source)
  • His depravity with women was not simply what it used to be, but even more revolting.   (source)
  • He was hard alike on the lazy, the depraved, and the weak, and tried to get them expelled from the commune.   (source)
    depraved = immoral
  • impure, and depraved pleasure   (source)
    depraved = immoral or evil
  • for depravity, or poverty, or an habitual acquaintance with both, had left a taint on all the animate matter,   (source)
    depravity = immorality or evilness
  • Both utterly heartless, both men upon town, both thoroughly initiated in its worst vices, both deeply in debt, both fallen from some higher estate, both addicted to every depravity for which society can find some genteel name   (source)
  • And what was the repentance that was extorted from the hardness of her heart and the blackness of her depravity?   (source)
  • How could he not have noticed that the man had a mouth like a depraved old lecher's?†   (source)
  • Remember, before I was converted when I was twenty-eight, I was running with the depraved crowd.†   (source)
  • How could Marcus—mad, depraved Marcus—be overlord of the Empire?†   (source)
  • In the opinion of this court, this child is depraved on account he ain't had a normal home.†   (source)
  • That way lies the depraved pleasure of controlling others for your own satisfaction.†   (source)
  • Telling them they are unnatural, telling them they are depraved.†   (source)
  • I've never heard anything so depraved in my whole life.'†   (source)
  • And you wonder whether it's true that a great man is doomed to unhappiness in this depraved world!†   (source)
  • I ought to think that he's the most depraved person I've ever met.†   (source)
  • The most depraved sentence you can now utter is to ask: Whose reason?†   (source)
  • I am much more depraved than you are: you hold it as your guilt, and I-as my pride.†   (source)
  • On second thought she looked less depraved than ...pre-innocent?†   (source)
  • They are the pendants of those "vicious", "bloodthirsty", "depraved" animals that inflame the ire of the maniacs I have just mentioned, who vent their spite on them with walking sticks and umbrellas.†   (source)
  • But now, the Tribune continued, the belly dancers and every other depraved jiggling half-dressed woman of the Midway had been invited to the great ball, where they were expected to dance with the senior officers of the fair, including Burnham and Davis.†   (source)
  • Nabokov has to make his middle-aged protagonist, Humbert Humbert, depraved, certainly, but part of the revulsion we feel at his interest in his underage stepdaughter Lolita lies in the way our sympathy is co-opted by this monster narrating the story.†   (source)
  • "The quality or condition of being depraved or corrupt," Rahel read, with a row of stern-mouthed nuns seated behind her and a sea of sniggering schoolgirl faces in front.†   (source)
  • And since it was about the only jewelry I'd seen in an entire year, it could have been diamonds—I was that depraved.†   (source)
  • To speak frankly, many are sexual deviants, either terribly repressed and subject to explosions of frenzied lasciviousness or openly depraved, in either case regularly affronting management with gross outrages of free sex and incest.†   (source)
  • They want you to be able to read the Bible, and also tracts, as religion and thrashing are the only remedies for a depraved nature and our immortal souls must be considered.†   (source)
  • At the end of that depraved oration, two of the lesser priests rushed forward and lifted their master-or mistress, as the case might be-off the litter and onto the face of the altar.†   (source)
  • Galbatorix has constructed a depraved imitation of the relationship that you, Eragon, and you, Saphira, possess and that he lost when the Urgals murdered his original dragon.†   (source)
  • y saw them as well, reliving his unfaithfulness, and that perhaps these memories, so vivid and so clear, afforded him the opportunity to believe that I too had witnessed his depraved acts.†   (source)
  • A sexually depraved hunchback!†   (source)
  • I told her then what I had learned of what lay behind his depravities, the same terrible stories he had poured into the unwilling ears of a frightened child who had not wished to hear them.†   (source)
  • The lecherous and depraved old man was delighted with Hungry Joe's split lips and black-and-blue eyes.†   (source)
  • Romans 1:28-32 says: Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.†   (source)
  • He was shocked and astounded by her depraved subteruge as he tore the knife from her grasp and hurled it away.†   (source)
  • She seemed infatuated with Aarfy, but he prayed intensely for her luscious aunt as he ran, or for a luscious girl friend, sister, cousin, or mother who was just as libidinous and depraved.†   (source)
  • It was days later, when they were alone, walking through the woods on the shore of the river, that she asked: "Francisco, what's the most depraved type of human being?†   (source)
  • Nately reacted on sight with bristling enmity to this wicked, depraved and unpatriotic old man who was old enough to remind him of his father and who made disparaging jokes about America.†   (source)
  • Dagny-he thought-and the depth of their feeling for each other ....the blackmail from which the depraved would be immune ....hadn't he, too, once called it depravity?†   (source)
  • The way you live is depraved.†   (source)
  • 'These three men, these three who held all the hope which the gift of intelligence ever proffered, these three from whom we expected such a magnificent future-one of them was Francisco d'Anconia, who became a depraved playboy.†   (source)
  • You who're depraved enough to believe that you could adjust yourself to a mystic's dictatorship and could please him by obeying his orders-there is no way to please him; when you obey, he will reverse his orders; he seeks obedience for the sake of obedience and destruction for the sake of destruction.†   (source)
  • There it was: the punishment that required the victim's own virtue as the fuel to make it work-his invention of Rearden Metal being used as the cause of his expropriation-Dagny's honor and the depth of their feeling for each other being used as a tool of blackmail, a blackmail from which the depraved would be immune-and, in the People's States of Europe, millions of men being held in bondage by means of their desire to live, by means of their energy drained in forced labor, by means of their ability to feed their masters, by means of the hostage system, of their love for their children or wives or friends-by means of love, ability and pleasur†   (source)
  • It's time to forget your selfish greed and give some thought to your social responsibilities, because I think that all those millions you're going to inherit are not for your personal pleasure, they are a trust for the benefit of the underprivileged and the poor, because I think that the person who doesn't realize this is the most depraved type of human being.†   (source)
  • I was hoping forever, for love; my one extramarital fella has eloped with a depraved 15-year-old; my best guide back to the Trystero has taken a Brody.†   (source)
  • There was the taint about drugs of the irredeemably depraved, almost as evil as certain images of sexual intercourse—which until I was at least thirteen I visualized as a brutish act committed in secrecy upon dyed blondes by huge drunken unshaven ex-convicts with their shoes on.†   (source)
  • It's just depravity that they try to make glorious, natural.†   (source)
  • Some people will be disqualified for the ordinary depravity of human nature.†   (source)
  • Mankind does have a degree of depravity that requires carefulness and distrust.†   (source)
  • Evil, because it would not let you enjoy your depravity?†   (source)
  • You're not in a position to permit yourself anything which you know to be depravity.†   (source)
  • He became convinced that the need was depravity.†   (source)
  • A fearless revelation of man's depravity.†   (source)
  • It demands, as his first proof of virtue, that he accept his own depravity without proof.†   (source)
  • To me, there's only one form of human depravity-the man without a purpose.†   (source)
  • The spectacle of depravity is of interest even to them, it seems, purified by chlorophyll though they are.†   (source)
  • It is our fervent hope that each of you will find a path out of the depravity of your early lives, and with firm guidance and hard work transform into respectable citizens who can pull your weight in society.†   (source)
  • Oh, the wretched depravity of it!†   (source)
  • Depravity runs deep.†   (source)
  • She turned around when Mr. Tuffett descended to brass tacks: In his time he had come across all varieties of students, he said, some of which carried pistols to school, but never in his experience had he witnessed such an act of depravity as greeted him when he came up the front walk this morning.†   (source)
  • He quoted Rousseau's description of "that hideous sight, the human heart," and recounted that even Dr. Priestley had said that such were the weaknesses and folly of men, "their love of domination, selfishness, and depravity," that none could be elevated above others without risk of danger.†   (source)
  • Alone at his desk at Poplar Forest, where more than a hundred slaves labored in the fields beyond his window, Jefferson had written one of themost impassioned denunciations of his life, decrying slavery as an extreme depravity: The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions [Jefferson had written], the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other.†   (source)
  • Me, picturing Sukeena being beaten, or worse, while my husband negotiated his visitation rights-and my obligations to his depravity.†   (source)
  • Whatever else he may be, no matter what depravity he's sunk to-and I've given up trying to figure out why-he is not a fool.†   (source)
  • If our relationship were the depravity you're going to proclaim it to be, you'd have no way to harm us.†   (source)
  • It's depravity-and I accept it as such-and there is no height of virtue that I wouldn't give up for it.†   (source)
  • You had exhausted every other form of depravity and sought a new thrill by swindling people like Jim and his friends, in order to watch them squirm.†   (source)
  • She wanted to wrest from him an acknowledgment of his moral depravity-but only his own moral rectitude could attach significance to such a verdict.†   (source)
  • Only the man who extols the purity of a love devoid of desire, is capable of the depravity of a desire devoid of love.†   (source)
  • Do you know that the United States is the only country in history that has ever used its own monogram as a symbol of depravity?†   (source)
  • Dagny-he thought-and the depth of their feeling for each other ....the blackmail from which the depraved would be immune ....hadn't he, too, once called it depravity?†   (source)
  • You have heard it said that I believe that this system has depravity as its motive, plunder as its goal, lies, fraud and force as its method, and destruction as its only result.†   (source)
  • Did you call it depravity?†   (source)
  • He could not understand why-he thought it was an obscene conflict, the sign of some secret depravity within him-why he felt, at the same time, a profound pride at the thought of granting to a woman the title of his wife.†   (source)
  • They let me play nothing but symbols of depravity, nothing but harlots, dissipation-chasers and home-wreckers, always to be beaten at the end by the little girl next door, personifying the virtue of mediocrity.†   (source)
  • Your morality tells you that the purpose of love is to set you free of the bonds of morality, that love is superior to moral judgment, that true love transcends, forgives and survives every manner of evil in Its object, and the greater the love the greater the depravity it permits to the loved.†   (source)
  • The creed of sacrifice is a morality for the immoral-a morality that declares its own bankruptcy by confessing that it can't impart to men any personal stake in virtues or values, and that their souls are sewers of depravity, which they must be taught to sacrifice.†   (source)
  • 'It's only human,' you cry in defense of any depravity, reaching the stage of self-abasement where you seek to make the concept 'human' mean the weakling, the fool, the rotter, the liar, the failure, the coward, the fraud, and to exile from the human race the hero, the thinker, the producer, the inventor, the strong, the purposeful, the pure-as if 'to feel' were human, but to think were not, as if to fail were human, but to succeed were not, as if corruption were human, but virtue were not —as if the premise of death were proper to man, but the premise of life were not.†   (source)
  • your moral currency and defraud the good in favor of the evil, since only the good can lose by a default of justice and only the evil can profit-and that the bottom of the pit at the end of that road, the act of moral bankruptcy, is to punish men for their virtues and reward them for their vices, that that is the collapse to full depravity, the Black Mass of the worship of death, the dedication of your consciousness to the destruction of existence.†   (source)
  • Her line of attack, which he had found so baffling, had been constant and clear-it was his self-esteem she had sought to destroy, knowing that a man who surrenders his value is at the mercy of anyone's will; it was his moral purity she had struggled to breach, it was his confident rectitude she had wanted to shatter by means of the poison of guilt-as if, were he to collapse, his depravity would give her a right to hers.†   (source)
  • I want you to look at me whenever you hear of some act of depravity, or feel anger at human corruption, or feel contempt for someone's knavery, or are the victim of a new governmental extortion-to look and to know that you're no better, that you're superior to no one, that there's nothing you have the right to condemn.†   (source)
  • He did not know it, he did not think of it, he was past the need of words, but in the moment when he felt the response of her body to his, he felt also the unadmitted knowledge that that which he had called her depravity was her highest virtue-this capacity of hers to feel the joy of being, as he felt it.†   (source)
  • Give the benefit of the doubt to those who seek to know; but treat as potential killers those specimens of insolent depravity who make demands upon you, announcing that they have and seek no reasons, proclaiming, as a license, that they 'just feel if —or those who reject an irrefutable argument by saying: 'It's only logic' which means: 'It's only reality.'†   (source)
  • It was not a progression of words, but the instantaneous verdict of an emotion, a verdict that told him: This, then, was his nature, this was his depravity-that the shameful desire he had never been able to conquer, came to him in response to the only sight of beauty he had found, that it came with a violence he had not known to be possible, and that the only freedom now left to him was to hide it and to despise himself, but never to be rid of it so long as he and this woman were alive.†   (source)
  • Lurking behind Hoss as he writes, one feels, is the spectral presence of the seventeen-year-old boy, the brilliantly promising young Unterfeldwebel of the army of another era, when distinct notions of honor and pride and rectitude were woven into the fabric of the Prussian code, and that the boy is stricken dumb at the unmentionable depravity in which the grown man is mired.†   (source)
  • His association with Elk Duncan was one of the proud summits of his life: he weltered in the purple calcium which bathed that worthy, he smoked cigarettes with a debauched leer, and cursed loudly and uneasily with the accent of a depraved clergyman.†   (source)
  • Ellsworth Toohey said it was depraved not to take for granted that man is something which needs to be forgiven.†   (source)
  • Everything enjoyable, from cigarettes to sex to ambition to the profit motive, is considered depraved or sinful.†   (source)
  • He set out to sell Wynand to the public as the victim of a great passion for a depraved woman; it was Dominique who had forced her husband to champion an immoral cause, against his better judgment; she had almost wrecked her husband's paper, his standing, his reputation, the achievement of his whole life—for the sake of her lover.†   (source)
  • The young lady may breathe her last any day now, and you call her depraved.†   (source)
  • A narrative, then, can set to work and deal with time in much the same way as those depraved dreams.†   (source)
  • They are tolerably depraved, my contemporaries!†   (source)
  • But so depraved a child,—are you not afraid she will teach her some mischief?†   (source)
  • In a man so depraved this might, of course, mean no more than sensual attraction.†   (source)
  • Enough of your vile, nasty anecdotes, depraved vile, sensual man!†   (source)
  • "Yes, Count," she would say, "he is too noble and pure-souled for our present, depraved world.†   (source)
  • "I really think," he had once said, "that I am not more depraved than most of my contemporaries.†   (source)
  • Everything that is young and strong is being enticed away and depraved.†   (source)
  • He is the most depraved, and abjectly vicious specimen of that class of men.†   (source)
  • I've seen in the factories children of nine years old, frail, rickety, bent and already depraved.†   (source)
  • Kells might have been and probably was the most depraved of outcast men; but the presence of a girl like her, however it affected him, must also have brought up associations of a time when by family and breeding and habit he had been infinitely different.†   (source)
  • Madeline discovered that she wanted to believe that somewhere deep down in the most depraved and sinful wretch upon earth there was some grain of good.†   (source)
  • of gravity of a face which composed itself afresh every moment in relation to the glass, while his thrusting red nose and swollen sarcastic lips endeavoured by their grimaces to rise to the level of the steady flame of wit that sparkled in the polished disk, and saw itself preferred to the most ravishing eyes in the world by the smart, depraved young women whom it set dreaming of artificial charms and a refinement of sensual bliss; and then, behind him, M. de Palancy, who with his huge carp's head and goggling eyes moved slowly up and down the stream of festive gatherings, unlocking his great mandibles at every moment as though in search of his orientation, had the air of carrying abou†   (source)
  • He would stay a couple of months out of the twelve, and disgrace and insult and deprave me, and then go; so that I longed to drown myself in the pond a thousand times over; but I did not dare do it.†   (source)
  • He's depraved, somehow.†   (source)
  • It was a strange life, dark and tortured, in which men and women showed to remorseless eyes the evil that was in their hearts: a fair face concealed a depraved mind; the virtuous used virtue as a mask to hide their secret vice, the seeming-strong fainted within with their weakness; the honest were corrupt, the chaste were lewd.†   (source)
  • "My good engineer," Settembrini said, angrily admonishing him, "pull yourself together and leave me out of such depraved nonsense.†   (source)
  • For as an independent spiritual power, death is a very depraved force, whose wicked attractions are very strong and without doubt can cause the most abominable confusion of the human mind.†   (source)
  • He wondered if Herr Naphta knew just what he was repudiating— and with young people listening—by jumbling up God and the Devil and denying the ethical principle in the name of his depraved Holy Duality.†   (source)
  • Love is always simply itself, both as a subtle affirmation of life and as the highest passion; love is our sympathy with organic life, the touchingly lustful embrace of what is destined to decay—caritas is assuredly found in the most admirable and most depraved passions.†   (source)
  • In warning you about this man, with whom I have unwillingly made you acquainted, in demanding that you gird yourselves three times round with a critical spirit when you are dealing with him and discussing things, I do so because all his thoughts are of lust; they stand under the aegis of death, a most depraved force— just as I told you that day, my good engineer, I very clearly recall using that phrase, for I always keep in mind useful and apt words I have used on occasion—a most depraved force directed against morals, progress, labor, and life.†   (source)
  • Dragged through the wildest life, will I enslave him,
    Through flat and stale indifference;
    With struggling, chilling, checking, so deprave him
    That, to his hot, insatiate sense,
    The dream of drink shall mock, but never lave him:
    Refreshment shall his lips in vain implore—
    Had he not made himself the Devil's, naught could save
    him,
    Still were he lost forevermore!†   (source)
  • Several also would have shocked a delicate instinct by an appearance of artificialness indicating that there had been such commixture, and, as it were, adultery, of various vegetable species, that the production was no longer of God's making, but the monstrous offspring of man's depraved fancy, glowing with only an evil mockery of beauty.†   (source)
  • But let nobody conclude therefore that Mr Redford is a monster, whose policy it is to deprave the theatre.†   (source)
  • A few of the withered and remorseless crones of the band were clustering together, in readiness to lend their fell voices, if needed, to aid in exciting their descendants to an exhibition, which their depraved tastes coveted, as the luxurious Roman dame witnessed the struggles and the agony of the gladiator.†   (source)
  • Women have very depraved tastes!†   (source)
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