- 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 debauches
We are after the big man, the man who debauches as well as the man who receives.A Woman for Mayor
Helen M. Winslow
His dull eyes were pursy with midnight debauches; his flesh sagged.
Cases in Court had to be adjourned because of the debauches of lawyers.
Germinie plunged into these debauches with—what shall I say?Germinie Lacerteux
Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
I loved not debauches, but their martiall conversation was not so fitt for the muses.Brief Lives (Vol. 1 of 2)
- (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 debauches
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.