[ dih-bawch ]
/ dɪˈbɔtʃ /
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verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

to indulge in debauchery.


a period of wanton or sensual self-indulgence.
an uninhibited spree or party; orgy: a wild debauch.



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Origin of debauch

First recorded in 1585–95; from French débaucher “to entice away from duty, debauch,” Old French desbauchier “to disperse, scatter,” equivalent to des-dis-1 + -bauchier, derivative of bauc, bauch beam (from Germanic; see balcony, balk; compare French ébaucher “to rough-hew”); hence, presumably, “to hew (beams),” becoming “to split, separate,” becoming “to separate from work or duty”
de·bauch·er, nounde·bauch·ment, noun
debauch , debouch
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British Dictionary definitions for debauch

/ (dɪˈbɔːtʃ) /


(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
debauchedly (dɪˈbɔːtʃɪdlɪ), adverbdebauchedness, noundebaucher, noundebauchery or debauchment, noun
C16: from Old French desbaucher to corrupt, literally: to shape (timber) roughly, from bauch beam, of Germanic origin
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