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Definition excessive drinking, casual sex, and/or drug abuse while partying — possibly for an evening, but often implying a wasteful, decadent life

In the form, debauch or archaically in the form debauchery the word more commonly means "to corrupt or seduce from virtue, duty, or allegiance" as when Edmund Burke wrote "Learning not debauched by ambition," and "The republic of Paris will endeavor to complete the debauchery of the army."
  • I relaxed and enjoyed the evening without slipping into the surrounding debauchery.
debauchery = excessive drinking, casual sex, and/or drug abuse while partying
  • Alas. Debauchery led to drunkenness which led to ruin.
  • I plan on maintaining a general level of debauchery all weekend.
  • It is one of the bitterest apportionments of a lot of slavery, that the negro, sympathetic and assimilative, after acquiring, in a refined family, the tastes and feelings which form the atmosphere of such a place, is not the less liable to become the bond-slave of the coarsest and most brutal,—just as a chair or table, which once decorated the superb saloon, comes, at last, battered and defaced, to the barroom of some filthy tavern, or some low haunt of vulgar debauchery.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
    Ephesians 5:18 (NIV)
  • ...but you will admit that debauchery, drunkenness, and the captain's widow, all these together may lead him very far.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • debauchery = behavior involving excessive drinking and/or casual sex
  • Mere debauchery did not matter very much, so long as it was furtive and joyless and only involved the women of a submerged and despised class.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • debauchery = behavior involving excessive drinking and/or casual sex
  • ...he had associated with the most horrible people, and rushed into the most senseless debauchery.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • debauchery = behavior involving excessive drinking and/or casual sex
  • And then because of his memories and his shame, he was glad when others joined them, men and women; and they had more drink and spent the night in wild rioting and debauchery.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • debauchery = excessive drinking while partying
  • When reason returned with the morning—when I had slept off the fumes of the night's debauch—I experienced a sentiment half of horror, half of remorse, for the crime of which I had been guilty; but it was, at best, a feeble and equivocal feeling, and the soul remained untouched.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • debauch = excessive drinking and corruption
  • "Wide open" gambling and debauchery made the city pleasing to "trade," but burglaries and holdups did not.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • debauchery = excessive drinking, casual sex, and/or drug abuse while partying
  • This ball was held in a big dance hall, and was one of the occasions when the city's powers of debauchery gave themselves up to madness.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • debauchery = excessive drinking while partying
  • They lodged men and women on the same floor; and with the night there began a saturnalia of debauchery—scenes such as never before had been witnessed in America.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • debauchery = excessive drinking, casual sex, and/or drug abuse while partying
  • Not the elegant prince of our debauched and vicious art, not the jeweled idol of our society churches—but the Jesus of the awful reality, the man of sorrow and pain, the outcast, despised of the world, who had nowhere to lay his head—
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • debauched = corrupted
  • His vices are many, but he has not abandoned himself to debauchery; that much the Varden's spies have determined.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • You won't have any problem finding some girl willing to accompany you on the road back to soulless debauchery."
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • But he is not going to be done out of his debauch of Unselfishness either.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • But he has sunk into a drunken debauched creature.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • His zest in debauchery might wane, but never Mrs. Cutter's belief in it.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • I break down in the confessional and sob like a baby, telling the priest about my parents, my night of debauchery, and my adulterous thoughts.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants

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