Building A Better Vocabulary With John Brennan

That is a mighty fine barrage of $5 words. Moral turpitude is especially delicious:

Moral turpitude is a legal concept in the United States and some other countries that refers to “an act or behavior that gravely violates the sentiment or accepted standard of the community”. This term appears in U.S. immigration law beginning in the 19th century. The concept of “moral turpitude” might escape precise definition, but it has been described as an “act of baseness, vileness, or depravity in the private and social duties which a man owes to his fellowmen [sic], or to society in general, contrary to the accepted and customary rule of right and duty between man and man.” The classification of a crime or other conduct as constituting moral turpitude has significance in several areas of law.

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18 Responses to Building A Better Vocabulary With John Brennan

  1. Redhand says:

    This term appears in U.S. immigration law beginning in the 19th century. The concept of “moral turpitude” might escape precise definition, but it has been described as an “act of baseness, vileness, or depravity in the private and social duties which a man owes to his fellowmen [sic], or to society in general, contrary to the accepted and customary rule of right and duty between man and man.” The classification of a crime or other conduct as constituting moral turpitude has significance in several areas of law.

    I explain the concept of a “crime involving moral turpitude,” or “CIMT” as we call it, to my immigration clients this way: “It was real bad, and you knew it was real bad, because everybody knows it’s real bad.”

    I try to stay away from language like “turpitudinous conduct,” which we sometimes see in court decisions.

    Of course, neither the official definition nor my own will be recognized by a sociopath like Trump, because sociopaths are incapable of viewing any conduct that benefits them personally as “wrong.” The closest a Putin or Trump will come to an a appreciation of “moral turpitude” is through a reptilian-like awareness that if the details of their conduct becomes public, it might “look bad” to others, so it has to be covered up.

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  2. Bruce388 says:

    Moral turpitude, you say? Stormy Daniels, come on down!

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  3. ming says:

    There is no way that the Orange Menace has the attention span to look those word up.

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  4. buckobear says:

    “…. venality, moral turpitude and political corruption…” and those are just DD’s good points.

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  5. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    Looks like all the three letter agencies will be gunning for Trump because of this ratfuckery. Your move now, IRS!

    As an aside, my autocorrect recognizes ‘ratfuckery’.

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  6. roket says:

    When you’re King you’re supposed to know the definition of moral turpitude.

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  7. moeman says:

    Synonymous with Immoral trumpitude.

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  8. Buttemilk Sky says:

    Moral derpitude?

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  9. Bruce388 says:

    Trump got as far as “moral” and figured it was OK.

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  10. Jim says:

    The OED defines it even more deliciiously Trumpian: “depravity, infamy,” late 15c., from Middle French turpitude (early 15c.), from Latin turpitudinem (nominative turpitudo) “baseness,” from turpis “vile, foul, physically ugly, base, unsightly,” figuratively “morally ugly, scandalous, shameful,” a word of uncertain origin.

    Also had some fine alliteration going there: “disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history.”

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  11. paul fredine says:

    now, john, don’t hold back. tell us what you really think.

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