debauch

[dih-bawch] ,
verb (used with object)
1.
to corrupt by sensuality, intemperance, etc.; seduce.
2.
to corrupt or pervert; sully: His honesty was debauched by the prospect of easy money.
3.
Archaic. to lead away, as from allegiance or duty.
verb (used without object)
4.
to indulge in debauchery.
noun
5.
a period of wanton or sensual self-indulgence.
6.
an uninhibited spree or party; orgy: a wild debauch.

Origin:
1585–95; < French débaucher to entice away from duty, debauch, Old French desbauchier to disperse, scatter, equivalent to des- dis-1 + -bauchier, derivative of bauc, bauch beam (< Germanic; see balcony, balk; compare French ébaucher to rough-hew); hence, presumably, to hew (beams) > to split, separate > to separate from work or duty

debaucher, noun
debauchment, noun

debauch, debouch.


1. See debase.
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debauch (dɪˈbɔːtʃ)
 
vb
1.  (when tr, usually passive) to lead into a life of depraved self-indulgence
2.  (tr) to seduce (a woman)
 
n
3.  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]
 
debauchedly
 
adv
 
de'bauchedness
 
n
 
de'baucher
 
n
 
de'bauchery
 
n
 
de'bauchment
 
n

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debauch
1590s, from M.Fr. debaucher "entice from work or duty," from O.Fr. desbaucher "to lead astray," supposedly lit. "to trim (wood) to make a beam" (from bauch "beam," from Frankish balk; from the same Gmc. source that yielded English balk, q.v.). A sense of "shaving" something
away, perhaps, but the root is also said to be a word meaning "workshop," which gets toward the notion of "to lure someone off the job;" either way the sense evolution is unclear
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Example sentences
The affair was the culmination of a long debauch coupled with jealousy.
Printing money would worsen inflation, debauch the currency and bring a balance-of-payments crisis.
Those that debauch the currency dilute the lifeblood of the economy until it dies of suffocation.
When her smug father comes to try to persuade her to abandon her career of vice, she shamelessly attempts to debauch him.
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