debauch

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Etymology[edit]

1590s, from Middle French desbaucher (entice from work or duty), from Old French desbaucher (to lead astray), from des- + bauch (beam), from Frankish *balko,[1] from Proto-Germanic *balkô, from Proto-Indo-European *bhelg- (beam, plank); latter origin of balk.

Evolution of sense unclear; may be literally “to shave/trim wood to make a beam” or may be “to leave/lure someone from a workshop”, Frankish *balko perhaps also meaning “workshop”.

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debauch (plural debauches)

  1. An act of debauchery.
  2. An orgy.

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debauch (third-person singular simple present debauches, present participle debauching, simple past and past participle debauched)

  1. (transitive) to morally corrupt (someone); to seduce
  2. (transitive) to debase (something); to lower the value of (something)

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  1. ^ debauch” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).