Word of the Week Wednesday

de·bauch·ery (di-ˈbȯ-chə-rē, -chrē), noun:
1excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures; intemperance

Examples of DEBAUCHERY

  1. He later regretted the debauchery of his youth.
  2. He recalled the evening’s debaucheries with regret.
  3. Like St. Augustine carousing his student days away in fourth-century Carthage, [Thomas] Merton had succumbed to such physical and intellectual debaucheries as New York offered a Columbia undergraduate in the 1930’s: wine, women and some Communist fellow-traveling. —Mark Silk, New York Times Book Review, 30 Mar. 1986

Origin of DEBAUCHERY

Middle French debaucher, from Old French desbauchier to scatter, disperse, from des- de- + bauch beam, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German balko beam — more at balk

First Known Use: 1595

Related to DEBAUCHERY

Antonyms: morality, virtue
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