American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To corrupt morally.
- v. To lead away from excellence or virtue.
- v. To reduce the value, quality, or excellence of; debase. See Synonyms at corrupt.
- v. Archaic To cause to forsake allegiance.
- v. To indulge in dissipation.
- n. The act or a period of debauchery.
- n. An orgy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To corrupt the morals or principles of; entice into improper conduct, as excessive indulgence, treason, etc.; lead astray, as from morality, duty, or allegiance: as, to debauch a youth by evil instruction and example; to debauch an army.
- Specifically, to corrupt with lewdness; bring to be guilty of unchastity; deprave; seduce: as, to debauch a woman.
- To lower or impair in quality; corrupt or vitiate; pervert.
- Figuratively, to spoil; dismantle; render unserviceable.
- To riot; revel.
- n. Excess in eating or drinking; intemperance; drunkenness; gluttony; lewdness.
- n. An act or a period of debauchery. Synonyms Revel, Orgy, etc. See
- n. An act of debauchery.
- n. An orgy.
- v. transitive to morally corrupt (someone); to seduce
- v. transitive to debase (something); to lower the value of (something)
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To lead away from purity or excellence; to corrupt in character or principles; to mar; to vitiate; to pollute; to seduce
- n. Excess in eating or drinking; intemperance; drunkenness; lewdness; debauchery.
- n. An act or occasion of debauchery.
- n. a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
- v. corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
- 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. (Wiktionary)
- French débaucher, from Old French desbauchier, to lead astray, roughhew timber : des-, de- + bauch, beam, of Germanic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
““Shall” is a mandatory verb — implying that the man really intended to both seduce and debauch from the beginning.”
“Those that can swallow a false word debauch their consciences, so that a false oath will not choke them.”
“Only the good feeling does not last — nay, the tears are a kind of debauch of sentiment, as old libertines are said to find that the tears and grief of their victims add a zest to their pleasure.”
“I have committed every kind of debauch, I have done everything ... everything ...”
“Only the good feeling does not last -- nay, the tears are a kind of debauch of sentiment, as old libertines are said to find that the tears and grief of their victims add”
“There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency.”
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“Aultimer, the statute states the elements of the offense as including “shall seduce and debauch”.”
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