In fact, his remorseful recovery from his debauches had become her occasion for pouring out upon him the mother in her.
Germinie plunged into these debauches with—what shall I say?
He debauches his morals, and those of his wife and children, by withholding from them the word of God.
Cases in Court had to be adjourned because of the debauches of lawyers.
He has had steady two-quarts-a-day men, and men who were subject only to semiannual debauches.
I loved not debauches, but their martiall conversation was not so fitt for the muses.
His dull eyes were pursy with midnight debauches; his flesh sagged.
And it should act quickly, because commercialism exploits and debauches quickly.
Sunday debauches are abuses that call loud for amendment; it is in this pernicious soil the seeds of ruin are first sown.
The Virgin of pure song brought music that debauches the soul.
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.