One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person given to excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures.
rogue, rascal, scoundrel, good-for-nothing, villain, wretch, unprincipled person, rake, profligate, degenerate, libertineView synonyms
- ‘He describes the Reformers under siege at St Andrews Castle as a ‘sinister collection of drunkards, debauchees, and religious maniacs’.’
- ‘Although we may willfully turn away from what we conceive as good, that is an unnatural action; Augustine has nothing to say here to the immoralist or the debauchee.’
- ‘He was a crony of Buckingham, with a reputation as a wit, debauchee, drunkard, and patron.’
- ‘The reality is a disturbingly different film, dark and sombre, a 17th century candle-lit England, a portrait of the poet and debauchee John Wilmot, and one that ultimately bows out to a feminist heroine’
- ‘I took the one per cent of me that was a reckless debauchee like John Seff and imagined that the other ninety-nine per cent didn't exist. That's how novels are written.’
- ‘Within a few years, Carbonneau, ‘a debauchee and libertine’ had frittered away her money on dubious enterprises.’
- ‘But most strangely, rock's most notorious debauchees are looking incredibly healthy, modelling newly toned physiques and ordering eggs Benedict and mineral water.’
- ‘The mark of true debauchees is, surely, when individuals have become so consumed by the excesses of their own sensual desires and carnal appetites that they can no longer function as whole and integral human beings.’
- ‘I find religious or morally upright people to be happy, hardworking individuals who know what is good in a country unlike those debauchees who have nothing to do for one society other than get drunk and have orgies.’
- ‘At about 11 pm, fellow debauchees started to urge us to leave, as we had mentioned that we were getting up at 5: 30 am.’
- ‘His father Richard IV and his grandfather John II - hunters, debauchees, and all-round boorish men of action - had made a much better fist of things.’
Mid 17th century: from French débauché ‘turned away from duty’, past participle of débaucher (see debauch).
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