1. Excess in eating or drinking; intemperance; drunkenness; lewdness; debauchery. "The first physicians by debauch were made." (Dryden)

2. An act or occasion of debauchery. "Silenus, from his night's debauch, Fatigued and sick." (Cowley)

Origin: Cf. F. Debauche.

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)

Origin: F. Debaucher, prob. Originally, to entice away from the workshop; pref. De- (L. Dis- or de) + OF. Bauche, bauge, hut, cf. F. Bauge lair of a wild boar; prob. From G. Or Icel, cf. Icel. Balkr. See Balk.

(01 Mar 1998)

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