- to corrupt by sensuality, intemperance, etc.; seduce.
- to corrupt or pervert; sully: His honesty was debauched by the prospect of easy money.
- Archaic. to lead away, as from allegiance or duty.
- to indulge in debauchery.
- a period of wanton or sensual self-indulgence.
- an uninhibited spree or party; orgy: a wild debauch.
Origin of debauch
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Examples from the Web for debaucher
The desires of a drunkard, a debaucher, are as strong after death as before.Ghosts I Have Seen
For he is said to be the debaucher of the wives of others; he is the shameless lover and ravisher of a beautiful boy.The City of God, Volume I
What surprises me yet more is, that some would believe that Socrates was a debaucher of young men!
Happily they found not that pernicious bane which is alike the corrupter of private morals and the debaucher of nations.The Knight of the Golden Melice
John Turvill Adams
- (when tr, usually passive) to lead into a life of depraved self-indulgence
- (tr) to seduce (a woman)
- an instance or period of extreme dissipation
Word Origin and History for debaucher
1590s, from Middle French débaucher "entice from work or duty," from Old French desbaucher "to lead astray," supposedly literally "to trim (wood) to make a beam" (from bauch "beam," from Frankish balk or some other Germanic source akin to English balk). A sense of "shaving" something away, perhaps, but the root is also said to be a word meaning "workshop," which gets toward the notion of "to lure someone off the job;" either way the sense evolution is unclear.