characterized by turpitude or depravity;
shameful, foul, wicked ...1814
from turpitūdin-, stem of turpitūdo (baseness, shamefulness, disgrace) from turpis (base) + -ous
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1814 - see EXAMPLE below
"...This guilt is so unnatural and so far exceeds all that ever was found turpitudinous in men of their superior endowments and high station, that it surpasses all bounds of credibility, and carries with it its own refutation..."
From: An Oration, Pronounced at Waterville, July 4, 1814; in Commemoration of the Independence of the United States of America
- Joshua Cushman