verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of debauch
Synonyms for debauch
Related Words for debauchdefile, pervert, pollute, inveigle, bastardize, debase, violate, seduce, subvert, ruin, vitiate, deflower, demoralize, betray, lure, warp, abuse, tempt, fraternize, ravish
Examples from the Web for debauch
Historical Examples of debauch
In a moment the cobwebs of his debauch began to fall from him, and he became alert.The Law-Breakers
Of the younger men, many were sleeping off the debauch of the previous evening.
Is it no part of the price that you spend your days in pleasure and your nights in debauch?
Can I even trust him in hours of convivial abandonment and debauch?
The old chief seemed contrite after his debauch, but did not mention it.Rodney, the Ranger
John V. Lane
Word Origin for debauch
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.