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debauched

[dih-bawcht] /dɪˈbɔtʃt/
adjective
1.
displaying the effect of excessive indulgence in sensual pleasure:
a flabby and debauched face.
2.
corrupted; debased:
debauched morals.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; debauch + -ed2
Related forms
debauchedly
[dih-baw-chid-lee] /dɪˈbɔ tʃɪd li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
debauchedness, noun
undebauched, adjective
Synonyms
2. depraved, dissipated, profligate; immoral.

debauch

[dih-bawch] /dɪˈbɔtʃ/
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
Related forms
debaucher, noun
debauchment, noun
Can be confused
debauch, debouch.
Synonyms
1. See debase.
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  • Because he was supine and less animated, he looked more debauched.
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British Dictionary definitions for debauched

debauch

/dɪˈbɔːtʃ/
verb
1.
(when transitive, usually passive) to lead into a life of depraved self-indulgence
2.
(transitive) to seduce (a woman)
noun
3.
an instance or period of extreme dissipation
Derived Forms
debauchedly (dɪˈbɔːtʃɪdlɪ) adverb
debauchedness, noun
debaucher, noun
debauchery, debauchment, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French desbaucher to corrupt, literally: to shape (timber) roughly, from bauch beam, of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for debauched

debauch

v.

1590s, from Middle French débaucher "entice from work or duty," from Old French desbaucher "to lead astray," supposedly literally "to trim (wood) to make a beam" (from bauch "beam," from Frankish balk or some other Germanic source akin to English balk). 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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