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Princeton's WordNet

  1. orgy, debauch, debauchery, saturnalia, riot, bacchanal, bacchanalia, drunken revelryverb

    a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity

  2. corrupt, pervert, subvert, demoralize, demoralise, debauch, debase, profane, vitiate, deprave, misdirectverb

    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"


  1. debauchnoun

    An act of debauchery.

  2. debauchnoun

    An orgy.

  3. debauchverb

    to morally corrupt (someone); to seduce

  4. debauchverb

    to debase (something); to lower the value of (something)

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    Etymology: desbaucher, Fr. debacchari, Latin.

    This it is to counsel things that are unjust; first, to debauch a king to break his laws, and then to seek protection John Dryden, Spanish Fryar.

    Here do you keep a hundred knights and squires,
    Men so disorder’d, so debauch’d and bold,
    That this our court, infected with their manners,
    Shews like a riotous inn. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    No man’s reason did ever dictate to him, that it is reasonable for him to debauch himself by intemperance and brutish sensuality. John Tillotson, Sermon 6.

  2. Debauchnoun

    A fit of intemperance; luxury; excess; lewdness.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    He will for some time contain himself within the bounds of sobriety; ’till within a little while he recovers his former debauch, and is well again, and then his appetite returns. Edmund Calamy.

    The first physicians by debauch were made;
    Excess began, and sloth sustains the trade. John Dryden, Fables.


  1. debauch

    Debauch is a noun or verb related to excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures, especially related to alcohol or sexual activities. As a noun, it refers to a wild gathering involving excessive drinking, promiscuity, or illicit activities. As a verb, it means to corrupt or lead someone astray morally or to indulge in such excessive pleasures. It is often associated with lack of restraint, decadence, and immorality.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Debauchnoun

    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

  2. Debauchnoun

    excess in eating or drinking; intemperance; drunkenness; lewdness; debauchery

  3. Debauchnoun

    an act or occasion of debauchery

  4. Etymology: [F. dbaucher, prob. originally, to entice away from the workshop; pref. d- (L. dis- or de) + OF. bauche, bauge, hut, cf. F. bauge lair of a wild boar; prob. from G. or Icel., cf. Icel. blkr. See Balk, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Debauch

    de-bawch′, v.t. to lead away from duty or allegiance: to corrupt with lewdness: to pervert.—v.i. to indulge in revelry.—n. a fit of intemperance or debauchery.—p.adj. Debauched′, corrupt: profligate.—adv. Debauch′edly.—ns. Debauch′edness; Deb′auchee, a libertine; Debauch′er; Debauch′ery, excessive intemperance: habitual lewdness; Debauch′ment. [O. Fr. desbaucher (Fr. débaucher), to corrupt—des = L. dis, and baucher, to hew—bauche or bauc, a beam, a course of stones.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of debauch in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of debauch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of debauch in a Sentence

  1. John Maynard Keynes:

    Lenin is said to have declared that the best way to destroy the Capitalistic System was to debauch the currency... Lenin was certainly right. There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million can diagnose.

  2. John Maynard Keynes:

    The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of inflation governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens.

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  • развалям, изопачавам, развращавам, разврат, покварявамBulgarian
  • diboĉiEsperanto
  • turmella, turmeleminenFinnish
  • débauche, débaucherFrench
  • misgScottish Gaelic
  • לְהַשְׁחִיתHebrew
  • whakatautauheaMāori
  • ontwaarden, ontaardenDutch
  • destrăbălareRomanian
  • дебош, унижать, разврат, развращать, разгулRussian
  • مرحلے پر بھی فساقUrdu

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