de·bauch·ery (di-ˈbȯ-chə-rē, -chrē), noun:
1: excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures; intemperance
Examples of DEBAUCHERY
- He later regretted the debauchery of his youth.
- He recalled the evening’s debaucheries with regret.
- 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
Synonyms: corruption, vice, depravity, immorality, iniquitousness, iniquity, libertinage, libertinism, licentiousness, profligacy, sin
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