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1590s, anglicized spelling of French pronunciation of debauched "dissolute" (see debauch). Obsolete in England after mid-17c., retained in Scotland, and given a revival of sorts by Scott (1826), so that it turns up in 19c. literary works.

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  • Also, what Enright says to that deboshed stage driver for so doin'.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • His appearance was that of a deboshed City clerk, as he was.

  • The one part scared the virtuous, at the other the deboshed yawned.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke
  • He was eloquent on the moral uplift of a simple, old-world life presented in its entirety to a deboshed civilisation.

    A Diversity of Creatures

    Rudyard Kipling
  • That settled, I sacks that hamlet of Red Dog, an' plows an' sows its deboshed site with salt.'

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • "deboshed" is a reminiscence of an essay of Lowell's on Reconstruction, in which he makes light of Southern claims to aristocracy.

    The Creed of the Old South 1865-1915 Basil L. Gildersleeve

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