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debauch

DEBAUCH', v.t. [The general sense of debauch, in English, is to lead astray, like seduce.]



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DEBAUCH', v.t. [The general sense of debauch, in English, is to lead astray, like seduce.]

DE-BAUCH', n. [Fr. debauche; Arm. dibauch.]

Excess in eating or drinking; intemperance; drunkenness; gluttony; lewdness.


DE-BAUCH', v.t. [Fr. debaucher; Arm. dibaucha. This is said by Lunier to be compounded of de and an old French word, signifying a shop, (bauche,) and that its primary sense is to draw or entice one from his shop or work, and in this sense it is still used. Hence embaucher is to help a journeyman to employment, and to enlist as a soldier. The general sense then of debauch, in English, is to lead astray, like seduce.]

  1. To corrupt or vitiate; as, to debauch a prince or youth; to debauch good principles.
  2. To corrupt with lewdness; as, to debauch a woman.
  3. To seduce from duty or allegiance; as, to debauch an army.

De*bauch"
  1. 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. Burke.

    A man must have got his conscience thoroughly debauched and hardened before he can arrive to the height of sin. South.

    Her pride debauched her judgment and her eyes. Cowley.

  2. Excess in eating or drinking; intemperance; drunkenness; lewdness; debauchery.

    The first physicians by debauch were made. Dryden.

  3. An act or occasion of debauchery.

    Silenus, from his night's debauch,
    Fatigued and sick.
    Cowley.

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Debauch

DEBAUCH', verb transitive [The general sense of debauch in English, is to lead astray, like seduce.]

1. To corrupt or vitiate; as, to debauch a prince or a youth; to debauch good principles.

2. To corrupt with lewdness; as, to debauch a woman.

3. To seduce from duty or allegiance; as, to debauch an army.

DEBAUCH', noun Excess in eating or drinking; intemperance; drunkenness; gluttony; lewdness.

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