verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of debauch
Synonyms for debauch
Related Words for debauchesdefile, pervert, pollute, inveigle, bastardize, debase, violate, seduce, subvert, ruin, vitiate, deflower, demoralize, betray, lure, warp, abuse, tempt, fraternize, ravish
Examples from the Web for debauches
Historical Examples of debauches
We are after the big man, the man who debauches as well as the man who receives.A Woman for Mayor
Helen M. Winslow
His dull eyes were pursy with midnight debauches; his flesh sagged.
Cases in Court had to be adjourned because of the debauches of lawyers.
Germinie plunged into these debauches with—what shall I say?Germinie Lacerteux
Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
I loved not debauches, but their martiall conversation was not so fitt for the muses.Brief Lives (Vol. 1 of 2)
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.