Debauch definition

dĭ-bôch
To reduce the value, quality, or excellence of; debase.

Debauch a currency.

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To lead astray morally; corrupt; deprave.
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An orgy.
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An act of debauchery.
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Debauch is defined as the act of indulging in sensual pleasures.

When you love good food and fine wine and you are always going out for extravagant dinners, this is an example of debauch.

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(archaic) To cause to forsake allegiance.
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To corrupt morally.
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To seduce (someone).
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To indulge in dissipation.
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The act or a period of debauchery.
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An orgy.
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An orgy.
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To morally corrupt (someone); to seduce.
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To debase (something); to lower the value of (something)
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To debauch is defined as to seduce or corrupt someone's morality.

When a man seduces a woman and tricks her into doing inappropriate sexual acts, this is an example of when he debauches her.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
debauch
Plural:
debauches

Origin of debauch

  • French débaucher from Old French desbauchier to lead astray, roughhew timber des- de- bauch beam of Germanic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 1590s, from Middle French desbaucher (“entice from work or duty”), from Old French desbaucher (“to lead astray”), from des- + bauch (“beam”), from Frankish *balko, from Proto-Germanic *balkô, from Proto-Indo-European *bhelg- (“beam, plank”); latter origin of balk.

    From Wiktionary

  • Evolution of sense unclear; may be literally “to shave/trim wood to make a beam” or may be “to leave/lure someone from a workshop”, Frankish *balko perhaps also meaning “workshop”.

    From Wiktionary