A Word A Day : Debauch

Friday, 5th October 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Verb )

Pronunciation : di báwch

1. To lead somebody into immoral behavior

2. To seduce somebody sexually

3. To lead away from excellence or virtue

4. To change something so that its value declines


French débaucher, from Old French desbauchier, to lead astray, roughhew timber : des-, de- + bauch, beam, of Germanic origin


Corrupt, Debase, Demoralise, Demoralize, Deprave, Misdirect, Pervert, Profane, Vitiate, Subvert


Lead, Guide, Corruct

Contextual Examples:

• How ugly and crabbed behind is debauch which is so charming in front.

• It was like a long debauch, from which I emerged with regret that it should ever end.

Related Words:

1. Debauchedly : Adverb

2. Debaucher : Noun

3. Debauch : Noun

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