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v. de·bauched, de·bauch·ing, de·bauch·es
a. To corrupt morally. See Synonyms at corrupt.
b. To seduce (someone).
2. To reduce the value, quality, or excellence of; debase: debauch a currency.
3. Archaic To cause to forsake allegiance.
To indulge in dissipation.
1. The act or a period of debauchery.
2. An orgy.
[French débaucher, from Old French desbauchier, to lead astray, roughhew timber : des-, de- + bauch, beam, of Germanic origin.]
de·bauch′ed·ly (-bô′chĭd-lē) adv.
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1. (when tr, usually passive) to lead into a life of depraved self-indulgence
2. (tr) to seduce (a woman)
an instance or period of extreme dissipation
[C16: from Old French desbaucher to corrupt, literally: to shape (timber) roughly, from bauch beam, of Germanic origin]
deˈbauchery, deˈbauchment n
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1. to corrupt (another's virtue or chastity) by sensuality, intemperance, etc.; seduce.
2. to subvert (honesty, integrity, or the like).
3. Archaic. to corrupt (loyalty or the like).v.i.
4. to indulge in debauchery.n.
5. a period of intemperance or self-indulgence.
6. an orgy.
[1585–95; < French débaucher to entice away from duty, debauch, Old French desbauchier to disperse, scatter]
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Past participle: debauched
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|Noun||1.||debauch - a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity|
|Verb||1.||debauch - 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"|
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
infect - corrupt with ideas or an ideology; "society was infected by racism"
lead astray, lead off - teach immoral behavior to; "It was common practice to lead off the young ones, and teach them bad habits"
poison - spoil as if by poison; "poison someone's mind"; "poison the atmosphere in the office"
suborn - incite to commit a crime or an evil deed; "He suborned his butler to cover up the murder of his wife"
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1. corrupt, seduce, pollute, pervert, subvert, deprave, demoralize, lead astray, vitiate a film accused of debauching public morals
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1. To ruin utterly in character or quality:
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debauch[dɪˈbɔːtʃ] vt (old) (frm) → corrompere
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