debauch

[ dih-bawch ]
/ dɪˈbɔtʃ /

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.

noun

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

Origin of debauch

1585–95; < 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 (< Germanic; see balcony, balk; compare French ébaucher to rough-hew); hence, presumably, to hew (beams) > to split, separate > to separate from work or duty

Related forms

de·bauch·er, nounde·bauch·ment, noun

Can be confused

debauch debouch
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British Dictionary definitions for debauch

debauch

/ (dɪˈbɔːtʃ) /

verb

(when tr, usually passive) to lead into a life of depraved self-indulgence
(tr) to seduce (a woman)

noun

an instance or period of extreme dissipation

Derived Forms

debauchedly (dɪˈbɔːtʃɪdlɪ), adverbdebauchedness, noundebaucher, noundebauchery or debauchment, noun

Word Origin for debauch

C16: from Old French desbaucher to corrupt, literally: to shape (timber) roughly, from bauch beam, of Germanic origin
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