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debauch

verb de·bauch \ di-ˈbȯch , -ˈbäch , dē- \

Definition of debauch

transitive verb
1 a archaic :to make disloyal
b :to seduce from chastity
  • notorious for debauching young women
2 a :to lead away from virtue or excellence
  • debauched by ambition
  • factory methods … debauched Victorian design
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b :to corrupt by intemperance or sensuality
  • debauched poets
  • a debauched society

debaucher

noun

Examples of debauch in a Sentence

  1. the long stay on a tropical isle had debauched the ship's crew to the point where they no longer acted liked naval professionals

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Origin and Etymology of debauch

Middle French debaucher, from Old French desbauchier to scatter, disperse, from des- de- + bauch beam, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German balko beam — more at balk

Synonym Discussion of debauch

debase, vitiate, deprave, corrupt, debauch, pervert mean to cause deterioration or lowering in quality or character. debase implies a loss of position, worth, value, or dignity.
    • commercialism has debased the holiday
vitiate implies a destruction of purity, validity, or effectiveness by allowing entrance of a fault or defect.
    • a foreign policy vitiated by partisanship
deprave implies moral deterioration by evil thoughts or influences.
    • the claim that society is depraved by pornography
corrupt implies loss of soundness, purity, or integrity.
    • the belief that bureaucratese corrupts the language
debauch implies a debasing through sensual indulgence.
    • the long stay on a tropical isle had debauched the ship's crew
pervert implies a twisting or distorting from what is natural or normal.
    • perverted the original goals of the institute

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debauch

noun

Definition of debauch

1 :an act or occasion of extreme indulgence in sensuality or carnal pleasures :an act or occasion of debauchery
2 :orgy
  • a debauch of pleasure

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Origin and Etymology of debauch



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