An act of debauchery.
Other Word Forms of Debauch
Origin of Debauch
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.
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”.
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
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