Debauch means to destroy or corrupt someone's morals. Overnight fame and wealth might debauch a previously mild-mannered and altruistic actor. As a noun, debauch refers to a wild party characterized by excess.

The old-fashioned meaning of debauch involved antiquated ideas about virtue and the idea that a person's "moral purity" could be corrupted. Today this word is mostly used when a person's integrity or principles are corrupted, often under the influence of money or power. You might say that artists debauch themselves when their designs show up on mass produced T-shirts. As a noun, debauch refers to an out-of-control party — in other words, a gathering at which one's morals might be corrupted.

Definitions of debauch

n a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity

bacchanal, bacchanalia, debauchery, drunken revelry, orgy, riot, saturnalia
Type of:
revel, revelry
unrestrained merrymaking

v corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality

debauch the young people with wine and women”
corrupt, debase, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, misdirect, pervert, profane, subvert, vitiate
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carnalise, carnalize, sensualise, sensualize
debase through carnal gratification
corrupt with ideas or an ideology
lead astray, lead off
teach immoral behavior to
spoil as if by poison
bastardise, bastardize
change something so that its value declines; for example, art forms
incite to commit a crime or an evil deed
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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