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debauchery

[dih-baw-chuh-ree] /dɪˈbɔ tʃə ri/
noun, plural debaucheries.
1.
excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures; intemperance.
2.
Archaic. seduction from duty, allegiance, or virtue.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; debauch + -ery
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  • But more than seven years since it opened, it remains an alluring destination for all kinds of gustatory debauchery.
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  • Unable to love his wife because he blames her for the death of his closest friend, Brick turns to drink and debauchery.
  • Our hero is free to pursue the carefree debauchery that is his birthright.
  • Charges are dropped, but he falls into alcoholic debauchery and loses his job.
  • He apparently gave in to debauchery by frequenting the geisha houses of Kyoto.
  • But this season will be more about growing up and less about debauchery.
  • The received wisdom associates gout with debauchery and decadence.
Word Origin and History for debauchery
n.

1640s, from debauch + -ery. With a variety of spellings in 17c., e.g. debaush-, deboich-, debosh-.

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