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debauchery

[dih-baw-chuh-ree]
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noun, plural de·bauch·er·ies.
  1. excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures; intemperance.
  2. Archaic. seduction from duty, allegiance, or virtue.
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Origin of debauchery

First recorded in 1635–45; debauch + -ery
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Examples from the Web for debauchery

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  • Men who take from the poor daily interest for a drachma, and spend it in debauchery.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • You look in vain for any outward signs of profligacy or debauchery.

  • Debauchery had rejected them, it had just cast them back to their anguish.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • It was a long night of debauchery, and this that we now see is the sad morning afterwards!

    Sir Jasper Carew

    Charles James Lever

  • I saw her on the high road to debauchery, and it was my own doing!

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt


Word Origin and History for debauchery

n.

1640s, from debauch + -ery. With a variety of spellings in 17c., e.g. debaush-, deboich-, debosh-.

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