[ deb-aw-chee, -shee ]
/ ˌdɛb ɔˈtʃi, -ˈʃi /


a person addicted to excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures; one given to debauchery.

Origin of debauchee

First recorded in 1655–65, debauchee is from the French word débauché (past participle of débaucher). See debauch, -ee Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for debauchee


/ (ˌdɛbɔːˈtʃiː, -ɔːˈʃiː) /


a man who leads a life of reckless drinking, promiscuity, and self-indulgence
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Word Origin and History for debauchee



1660s, from French débauché "debauched (person)," noun use of past participle of debaucher (see debauch).

Debauchee, n. One who has so earnestly pursued pleasure that he has had the misfortune to overtake it. [Ambrose Bierce, "Devil's Dictionary," 1911]
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