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debauch

[ 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.
noun
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”

OTHER WORDS FROM debauch

de·bauch·er, nounde·bauch·ment, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH debauch

debauch , debouch
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How to use debauch in a sentence

  • What surprises me yet more is, that some would believe that Socrates was a debaucher of young men!

  • Happily they found not that pernicious bane which is alike the corrupter of private morals and the debaucher of nations.

  • The desires of a drunkard, a debaucher, are as strong after death as before.

    Ghosts I Have Seen|Violet Tweedale
  • For he is said to be the debaucher of the wives of others; he is the shameless lover and ravisher of a beautiful boy.

    The City of God, Volume I|Aurelius Augustine

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 of debauch

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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