What does the word debauchery mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Licentiousness; drunkenness.

Usage examples for debauchery

  1. I have seen twelve- year- old boys working in chains on the public streets of Atlanta, directly in front of the schools, in company with old and hardened criminals; and this indiscriminate mingling of men and women and children makes the chain- gangs perfect schools of crime and debauchery. – The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois
  2. Obviously, he would no longer be the man that he had been in the strict training before the fight; never, as I gathered, was such a ruffian more off his guard, or less capable of protecting himself and his possessions, than in these first hours of relaxation and inevitable debauchery for which Raffles had waited with characteristic foresight. – A Thief in the Night by E. W. Hornung
  3. There were after- courses of ballerine and song, the refreshment of perfume, the luxurious tonic of the bath, the red feather that enabled one to eat again, the marvels of Asiatic debauchery, the surprises of Hellenic grace. – Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern by Edgar Saltus