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depravity
used in Tom Jones

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complete immorality or evilness
  • surely it is unfair to argue such universal depravity from a few vicious individuals; nor was this, I believe, ever done by a man, who, upon searching his own mind, found one certain exception to the general rule.
    Book 2 (50% in)
depravity = complete immorality or evilness
  • Nothing less than a persuasion of universal depravity can lock up the charity of a good man; and this persuasion must lead him, I think, either into atheism, or enthusiasm; but surely it is unfair to argue such universal depravity from a few vicious individuals; nor was this, I believe, ever done by a man, who, upon searching his own mind, found one certain exception to the general rule.
    Book 2 (50% in)
  • Little did I suspect that the sacrifice of truth, which we both imagined to have been made to friendship, was in reality a prostitution of it to a depraved and debauched appetite.
    Book 4 (76% in)
  • Vice had not so depraved my heart as to excite in it an insensibility of so much paternal affection, though so unworthily bestowed.
    Book 8 (79% in)
  • In truth, none seem to have any title to assert human nature to be necessarily and universally evil, but those whose own minds afford them one instance of this natural depravity; which is not, I am convinced, your case.
    Book 8 (99% in)
  • ...to verify that _——nulla virtute redemptum A vitiis_——[*] [*] Whose vices are not allayed with a single virtue in Juvenal; nor do I, indeed, conceive the good purposes served by inserting characters of such angelic perfection, or such diabolical depravity, in any work of invention; since, from contemplating either, the mind of man is more likely to be overwhelmed with sorrow and shame than to draw any good uses from such patterns; for in the former instance he may be both concerned and...
    Book 10 (4% in)

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