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The Antichrist (book) - Content - Decadent Values
... Pascal, he claimed, was an intellectually strong man who was depraved by Christianity's teaching of original sin ... Mankind, according to Nietzsche, is corrupt and its highest values are depraved ... at present summarizes its highest desiderata are decadence values." Mankind is depraved because it has lost its instincts and prefers what is harmful to it ...
Capital Punishment In Connecticut - Death Row - Inmates Sentenced To Death
4 Hartford Murder during sexual assault Heinous, cruel, or depraved murder Breton, Robert White 01946-12-10December 10, 66. 01987-12-13December 13, 41. 01987-12 ...
Walton V. Arizona - Facts of The Case
... that the murder was committed in an "especially heinous, cruel, or depraved manner," and that it was committed for pecuniary gain ... With respect to the finding that the murder was committed in an especially heinous, cruel, or depraved manner, the court observed that under its prior case law, the murder was ...
Walton V. Arizona - "Heinous, Cruel, or Depraved" Aggravating Factor Is Not Unconstitutionally Vague
... Walton, however, the Court reversed this trend and upheld Arizona's "especially heinous, cruel, or depraved" aggravating factor against a similar challenge ... presumed to follow the law, they needed no guidance in finding a killing to be "heinous, cruel, or depraved" in the correct circumstances ... had developed a body of law that defined the words "heinous, cruel, or depraved." Thus, there were legal standards available for trial judges to follow in imposing the ...
Depraved-heart Murder
... Depraved-heart murder, also known as depraved-indifference murder, is an American legal term for an action that demonstrates a "callous disregard for human life" and results in death ... In most states, depraved heart killings constitute second-degree murder ...

More definitions of "depraved":

  • (adj): Having the nature of vice.
    Synonyms: evil, vicious
  • (adj): Marked by immorality; deviating from what is considered right or proper or good.
    Example: "Depraved criminals"
    Synonyms: immoral, perverse, perverted, reprobate

Famous quotes containing the word depraved:

    A father ... knows exactly what those boys at the mall have in their depraved little minds because he once owned such a depraved little mind himself. In fact, if he thinks enough about the plans that he used to have for young girls, the father not only will support his wife in keeping their daughter home but he might even run over to the mall and have a few of those boys arrested.
    Bill Cosby (20th century)

    The poorest children in a community now find the beneficent kindergarten open to them from the age of two-and-a-half to six years. Too young heretofore to be eligible to any public school, they have acquired in their babyhood the vicious tendencies of their own depraved neighborhoods; and to their environment at that tender age had been due the loss of decency and self-respect that no after example of education has been able to restore to them.
    Virginia Thrall Smith (1836–1903)

    Would mankind be but contented without the continual use of that little but significant pronoun “mine” or “my own,” with what luxurious delight might they revel in the property of others!... But if envy makes me sicken at the sight of everything that is excellent out of my own possession, then will the sweetest food be sharp as vinegar, and every beauty will in my depraved eyes appear as deformity.
    Sarah Fielding (1710–1768)