debauch

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/dɪˈbɔːtʃ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/dɪˈbɔtʃ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(di bôch)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
de•bauch /dɪˈbɔtʃ/USA pronunciation   v. [ + obj]
  1. to cause (someone) to become corrupt in virtue, esp. with regard to drinking or sexual behavior.
de•bauched, adj. 
de•bauch•er•y, n. [noncount;
count
], pl.  er•ies. 


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
de•bauch  (di bôch),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  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.

v.i. 
  1. to indulge in debauchery.

n. 
  1. a period of wanton or sensual self-indulgence.
  2. an uninhibited spree or party;
    orgy:a wild debauch.
de•baucher, n. 
de•bauchment, n. 
  • Gmc; see balcony, balk; compare French ébaucher to rough-hew); hence, presumably, to hew (beams) to split, separate to separate from work or duty
  • 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 (
  • 1585–95
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  debase. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
debauch /dɪˈbɔːtʃ/ vb
  1. (when tr, usually passive) to lead into a life of depraved self-indulgence
  2. (transitive) to seduce (a woman)
n
  1. an instance or period of extreme dissipation
Etymology: 16th Century: from Old French desbaucher to corrupt, literally: to shape (timber) roughly, from bauch beam, of Germanic origin

deˈbaucher n deˈbauchery, deˈbauchment n
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