Definitions for: Debauch


[n] a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
[v] corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality; "debauch the young people with wine and women"; "Socrates was accused of corrupting young men"; "Do school counselors subvert young children?"; "corrupt the morals"



Webster (1913) Definition: De*bauch", v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Debauched; p.
pr. & vb. n. Debauching.] [F. d['e]baucher, prob.
originally, to entice away from the workshop; pref. d['e]-
(L. dis- or de) + OF. bauche, bauge, hut, cf. F. bauge lair
of a wild boar; prob. from G. or Icel., cf. Icel. b[=a]lkr.
See Balk, n.]
To lead away from purity or excellence; to corrupt in
character or principles; to mar; to vitiate; to pollute; to
seduce; as, to debauch one's self by intemperance; to debauch
a woman; to debauch an army.

Learning not debauched by ambition. --Burke.

A man must have got his conscience thoroughly debauched
and hardened before he can arrive to the height of sin.
--South.

Her pride debauched her judgment and her eyes.
--Cowley.


De*bauch", n. [Cf. F. d['e]bauche.]
1. Excess in eating or drinking; intemperance; drunkenness;
lewdness; debauchery.

The first physicians by debauch were made. --Dryden.

2. An act or occasion of debauchery.

Silenus, from his night's debauch, Fatigued and
sick. --Cowley.

Synonyms: bacchanal, bacchanalia, corrupt, debase, debauchery, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, drunken revelry, misdirect, orgy, pervert, profane, riot, saturnalia, subvert, vitiate

See Also: alter, bastardise, bastardize, carnalise, carnalize, change, infect, lead astray, lead off, poison, revel, revelry, sensualise, sensualize, suborn, whore

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