depravation, deprivation

The words depravation, deprivation sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do depravation, deprivation sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: depravation, deprivation are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    Detraction; depreciation.

  2. :: noun

    The act of depraving, or making anything bad; the act of corrupting.

  3. :: noun

    The state of being depraved or degenerated; degeneracy; depravity.

  4. :: noun

    Change for the worse; deterioration; morbid perversion.

  1. :: noun

    The act or an instance of depriving; loss.

  2. :: noun

    The condition of being deprived; privation.

  3. :: noun

    A removal of rank or office.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").