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turpitude

tur·pi·tude /ˈtɜrpɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/

–noun
1. vile, shameful, or base character; depravity.
2. a vile or depraved act.

Origin:
1480–90; < L turpitūdō, equiv. to turpi ( s ) base, vile + –tūdō -tude

—Synonyms
1. wickedness, vice, vileness, wrongdoing.

Source: Dictionary.com.

“I propose that such loquacity passes beyond the scope of nuisance and over the verge of turpitude.”

Source: Tales of the Dying Earth by Jack Vance.

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