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debauchery

[dih-baw-chuh-ree] /dɪˈbɔ tʃə ri/
noun, plural debaucheries.
1.
excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures; intemperance.
2.
Archaic. seduction from duty, allegiance, or virtue.
Origin of debauchery
1635-1645
First recorded in 1635-45; debauch + -ery
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  • Men who take from the poor daily interest for a drachma, and spend it in debauchery.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • You look in vain for any outward signs of profligacy or debauchery.

    Sunday under Three Heads Charles Dickens
  • debauchery had rejected them, it had just cast them back to their anguish.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • It was a long night of debauchery, and this that we now see is the sad morning afterwards!

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • I saw her on the high road to debauchery, and it was my own doing!

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • I think, even, he hated the inevitable partner in his debauchery.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • What, has not the pencil been long enough and too long consecrated to debauchery and vice?

Word Origin and History for debauchery
n.

1640s, from debauch + -ery. With a variety of spellings in 17c., e.g. debaush-, deboich-, debosh-.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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