Debauch is an old word that speaks to an older time. It means to destroy the morals of someone. If you debauch a young girl, you introduce her to immoral activities. A debauch is also an excessive amount of eating or drinking.

To understand debauch, you have to understand a context in which women were considered pure because they were virgins and also because they were generally innocent. Men—often the kind whose lives were spent in a debauch of eating, drinking, using bad language, smoking, etc.—would debauch these women, ruining them for all time, in a bout of debauchery.

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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