AskDefine | Define debauch

Dictionary Definition

debauch n : a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity [syn: orgy, debauchery, saturnalia, riot, bacchanal, bacchanalia, drunken revelry] v : corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality; "debauch the young people with wine and women"; "Socrates was accused of corrupting young men"; "Do school counselors subvert young children?"; "corrupt the morals" [syn: corrupt, pervert, subvert, demoralize, demoralise, debase, profane, vitiate, deprave, misdirect]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The act of debauchery.


  1. to morally corrupt someone; to seduce
  2. to debase something

Extensive Definition

For the German death metal band, see Debauchery (band).

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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