De*bauch" (?), v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Debauched (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Debauching.] [F. d'ebaucher, prob. originally, to entice away from the workshop; pref. d'e- (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, n.]

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.

 

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De*bauch", n. [Cf. F. d'ebauche.]

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.

 

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