debauch

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v debauch corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality "debauch the young people with wine and women","Socrates was accused of corrupting young men","Do school counselors subvert young children?","corrupt the morals"
    • n debauch a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Debauch An act or occasion of debauchery. "Silenus, from his night's debauch ,
      Fatigued and sick."
    • Debauch Excess in eating or drinking; intemperance; drunkenness; lewdness; debauchery. "The first physicians by debauch were made."
    • v. t. & i Debauch To lead away from purity or excellence; to corrupt in character or principles; to mar; to vitiate; to pollute; to seduce; as, to debauch one's self by intemperance; to debauch a woman; to debauch an army. "Learning not debauched by ambition.""A man must have got his conscience thoroughly debauched and hardened before he can arrive to the height of sin.""Her pride debauched her judgment and her eyes."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • debauch 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.
    • debauch Specifically, to corrupt with lewdness; bring to be guilty of unchastity; deprave; seduce: as, to debauch a woman.
    • debauch To lower or impair in quality; corrupt or vitiate; pervert.
    • debauch Figuratively, to spoil; dismantle; render unserviceable.
    • debauch To riot; revel.
    • n debauch Excess in eating or drinking; intemperance; drunkenness; gluttony; lewdness.
    • n debauch An act or a period of debauchery. Synonyms Revel, Orgy, etc. See carousal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Debauch de-bawch′ to lead away from duty or allegiance: to corrupt with lewdness: to pervert
    • v.i Debauch to indulge in revelry
    • n Debauch a fit of intemperance or debauchery
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Quotations

  • Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
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    “The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. débaucher, prob. originally, to entice away from the workshop; pref. dé-,L. dis-, or de,) + OF. bauche, bauge, hut, cf. F. bauge, lair of a wild boar; prob. from G. or Icel., cf. Icel. bālkr,. See Balk (n.)

Usage

In literature:

The heroic strain brought by Clovis was quickly enfeebled and debauched by luxury.
"A Short History of France" by Mary Platt Parmele
No soul was ever ruined by extravagance or even by debauch; it is the steady, punctual gnawing of comfort that destroys.
"Art" by Clive Bell
Does the world not know him to have long been an open and thoroughly debauched libertine?
"Paris: With Pen and Pencil" by David W. Bartlett
These were some of the debauched gentlemen Mr. Sponge had seen before Nonsuch House in the morning.
"Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour" by R. S. Surtees
Was all the world still asleep, tired from the night's debauch, or was it merely the end of everything?
"Indiscreet Letters From Peking"
It was not I who debauched a senate.
"Destiny" by Charles Neville Buck
Then I went as a nursery-maid to the notary who debauched me also, and brought me to Havre, where he took a room for me.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume IV (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
Will he consent to see the conditions of his community such that men's souls are debauched and trodden underfoot in the mire?
"President Wilson's Addresses" by Woodrow Wilson
Have you placed him in the rank of the temperate and judicious; or with the debauched and imprudent?
"The Memorable Thoughts of Socrates" by Xenophon
Bert's first thought, therefore, was that Pedro was "lying down on his job" and shirking duty for the sake of a day's debauch in town.
"Bert Wilson in the Rockies" by J. W. Duffield
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In poetry:

As easily our deadly foe
To heaven may on doomsday go,
As the debauch'd, lewd, infidel
Escape that day, the pains of hell.
"The Unhappy State Of The Ungodly, After Death" by Rees Prichard
Lack of work and lack of victuals,
A debauch of smuggled whisky,
And his children in the workhouse
Made the world so black a riddle
"Suicide" by William Ernest Henley
Patrician state, plebeian blood
Soon foster sybarites, and they,
Squand'ring their riches, wood by wood,
Die palsied wrecks debauched and gray.
"Frost" by Madison Julius Cawein
Let us in no disorders e'er engage,
Nor any of our company enrage,
Nor with our leaders mutinously strive,
Nor in vile courses and debauch'ry live.
"The Soldier's Prayer" by Rees Prichard
With rakehell Publicans, or worse,
Rather than priests I'd still discourse,
Tho' these debauch'd and spoil'd me quite,
And those wou'd fain direct me right.
"The Unhappy State Of The Ungodly, After Death" by Rees Prichard
Tho' great were the judgements, thou shedd'st on each head,
To punish the dissolute lives that we led,
We ne'er since the conquest, so guilty have been,
So sunk in debauch'ry, so sodden in sin.
"Another, On The Same Occasion" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Artist Reimagines Disney Heroes as Debauched Rock Fans.
A slightly debauched survival guide for the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Perhaps the most debauched mass global release by a Hollywood studio, the movie showcases an astonishing array of male anatomy.
Osborne's rich new novel (after the nonfiction Bangkok Days) follows British couple David and Jo Henniger into the Moroccan desert for a debauched weekend at their friends' palatial ksar.
LUXEMBURG , Wis.- The 2012 season finished with a bang, literally, with Tyler Debauche winning the Trailer Race of Destruction at Luxemburg Speedway Saturday.
The debauched details emerged following a Boston University report on the 'culture of sexual entitlement' by its hockey players.
SPECTACULARLY debauched, scatologically obsessed, ugly, French and dead, Serge Gainsbourg may be the least likely pop star of 2001.
A day when Bostonians put aside their differences and come together in the shared pursuit of delights so debauched that Fat Tuesday seem like a lazy Sunday passed at your grandma's church social in comparison (ok, well not quite.
Debauched revels of a dying American civilization .
Orton's debauched 'Butler' at MTC still shockingly funny.
Westword's marijuana cover is perverted and debauched.
There is not one palatable character in Gee 's debauched murder mystery set on the Bay of Fires on Australia's Tasmania coast, a clever way to ensure that each is a suspect in the deaths of two young women.
Spice up your First Friday with a heavy dash of drag, a hot kick of carnies and a side of storytelling, stunts and debauch at Thank Goddess it's OMG.
If true, this sounds like a debauched orgy of mammoth proportions.
Hear Silkky Johnson's Psychedelic Rap LP 'Debauched Legend'.
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