noun, plural de·bauch·er·ies.
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What does debauchery mean?
Debauchery is behavior considered excessively decadent, indulgent, and depraved. It’s especially used to collectively refer to drug use, excessive drinking, promiscuous sex, and the kind of uninhibited activity that happens at wild parties.
Debauchery has traditionally been used in a negative way by those who condemn it as immoral or sinful. But it is also used in a somewhat ironic way by those who engage in such activity to celebrate it or make it seem fun.
Example: Hair metal bands in the ’80s were notorious for their backstage debauchery.
Where does debauchery come from?
The first records of the word debauchery come from the 1600s. It derives from the French verb débaucher, meaning “to tempt away from duty.” Debauchery is the noun form of the verb debauch, meaning “to corrupt,” “to pervert,” or “to engage in debauchery.” The suffix -ery is used to form nouns indicating collective actions or qualities, as in trickery.
From its earliest usage, debauchery has been used to refer to behavior considered immoral. Today, it often refers to extreme sensual indulgence—the sex and drugs part of sex, drugs, and rock-‘n’-roll. Debauchery can occur at a single wild party, but a lifestyle of endless partying can also be described as debauchery.
In some places, the word is used in a more formal way in so-called debauchery laws that prohibit behavior considered immoral. Such laws are often nonspecific and may sometimes be used to oppress people in the LGBTQ community, among others.
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What are some other forms related to debauchery?
- debauch (verb)
- debaucherous (adjective)
- debaucherously (adverb)
- debauchee (noun)
- debauched (adjective)
What are some synonyms for debauchery?
What are some words that often get used in discussing debauchery?
How is debauchery used in real life?
Debauchery typically refers to excessive, over-the-top partying and the kind of wild activity that goes with it. It is often used negatively to criticize such activity, but it can also be used in an ironic way that celebrates it.
(702): This hangover is what we deserve after that level of debauchery.
— TextsFromLastNight (@TFLN) July 17, 2015
And what a night it was… I can't talk about all of the things I saw back stage… suffice it to say that there was some extreme debauchery.
— Māgor (@csmagor) March 14, 2020
— Middle East Monitor (@MiddleEastMnt) April 22, 2020
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Is debauchery used correctly in the following sentence?
You wouldn’t believe the level of debauchery that used to go down at those frat parties.
Example sentences from the Web for debauchery
I’ll take gratuitous debauchery over gratuitous gore, of which there is also plenty here, any day.
They were found guilty of practicing habitual debauchery and inciting others to sexual deviance because of the footage.Sisi Is Persecuting, Prosecuting, and Publicly Shaming Egypt’s Gays|Bel Trew|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She was not impressed by the drunken debauchery at the election-return party.The Most Random Old TV Stars to Appear on ‘Mad Men’|Kevin Fallon|May 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As for pictures of this controlled debauchery, no such luck.
The emperor Nero—known for his debauchery apparently collected the things.Spain’s New ‘Holy Grail’: Jesus Couldn’t Afford That Kind of Bling|Candida Moss|April 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But only in recent years have athletes begun to divulge lurid details of Olympic sexcapades and debauchery.
All this was set down to the debauchery of a rich old man, and everything was believed except the truth.Camille (La Dame aux Camilias)|Alexandre Dumas, fils
The man was perfectly sincere, and many a rough fellow owed his conversion from drink and debauchery to 'Appy 'Arry.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume II (of 3)|Charles James Wills
Futteh Khan, in fact, governed the kingdom under the designation of vizier, while Mahmood abandoned himself to debauchery.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.|E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
In his early years he dissipated almost all his patrimony in libertinism and debauchery.
She said that she had been persecuted by John Bates, then sinking into debauchery, and that your brother had protected her.Basil Everman|Elsie Singmaster