What does the word turpitude mean?

Usage examples for turpitude

  1. But notwithstanding this resemblance, which I allow, I never shall so far injure the Janizarian Republic of Algiers as to put it in comparison, for every sort of crime, turpitude, and oppression, with the Jacobin Republic of Paris. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  2. Having gained, and by lying and subterfuge retained, some measure of independence, they sank from depth to depth of meanness and turpitude. – The Framework of Home Rule by Erskine Childers
  3. Colville went out into the sunlight feeling like some strange, newly invented kind of scoundrel- a rascal of such recent origin and introduction that he had not yet had time to classify himself and ascertain the exact degree of his turpitude. – Indian Summer by William D. Howells