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debauch

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verb de·bauch \di-ˈbȯch, -ˈbäch, dē-\

Definition of debauch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a archaic :  to make disloyalb :  to seduce from chastity notorious for debauching young women

  3. 2a :  to lead away from virtue or excellence debauched by ambition factory methods … debauched Victorian design — Country Lifeb :  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

Origin and Etymology of debauch

Medieval 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


First Known Use: 1595

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 de·bauch

Definition of debauch

  1. 1 :  an act or occasion of extreme indulgence in sensuality or carnal pleasures :  an act or occasion of debauchery

  2. 2 :  orgy a debauch of pleasure

Origin and Etymology of debauch

see 1debauch


First Known Use: 1603



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