Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To corrupt morally.
  • transitive v. To lead away from excellence or virtue.
  • transitive v. To reduce the value, quality, or excellence of; debase. See Synonyms at corrupt.
  • transitive v. Archaic To cause to forsake allegiance.
  • intransitive v. To indulge in dissipation.
  • n. The act or a period of debauchery.
  • n. An orgy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An act of debauchery.
  • n. An orgy.
  • v. to morally corrupt (someone); to seduce
  • v. to debase (something); to lower the value of (something)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Excess in eating or drinking; intemperance; drunkenness; lewdness; debauchery.
  • n. An act or occasion of debauchery.
  • v. To lead away from purity or excellence; to corrupt in character or principles; to mar; to vitiate; to pollute; to seduce

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
  • v. corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality

Etymologies

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)
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)

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