Definition of DEBAUCH in Black's Law Dictionary 4th Edition – Legal dictionary – Glossary of legal terms.

Definition of DEBAUCH

To corrupt one's manners; to make lewd; to mar or spoil; to entice; and, when used of a woman, to seduce, or corrupt with lewdness. Litton v. Woliver, 126 Va. 32, 100 S.E. 827, 828; State v. Howard, 264 Mo. 386, 175 S.W. 58, 59. Originally, the term had a limited signification, meaning to entice or draw one away from his work, employment, or duty; and from this sense its application has enlarged to include the corruption of manners and violation of the person. In RS modern legal sense, the word carries with it the idea of "carnal knowledge," aggravated by assault, violent seduction, ravishment. Koenig v. Nott, 2 Hilt., N.Y., 323. And see State v. Curran, 51 Iowa, 112, 49 N.W. 1006. See, also, Debauchery.

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