(De`bac*cha"tion) n. [L. debacchatio.] Wild raving or debauchery. [R.] Prynne.
(De*ba"cle) n. [F. débâcle, fr. débâcler to unbar, break loose; pref. dé- (prob. = L. dis) + bâcler to
bolt, fr. L. baculum a stick.] (Geol.) A breaking or bursting forth; a violent rush or flood of waters which
breaks down opposing barriers, and hurls forward and disperses blocks of stone and other débris.
(De*bar") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Debarred ; p. pr. & vb. n. Debarring.] [Pref. de- + bar.] To
cut off from entrance, as if by a bar or barrier; to preclude; to hinder from approach, entry, or enjoyment; to
shut out or exclude; to deny or refuse; with from, and sometimes with of.
Yet not so strictly hath our Lord imposedMilton.
Labor, as to debar us when we need
Their wages were so low as to debar them, not only from the comforts but from the common decencies
of civilized life.Buckle.
(De*barb") v. t. [Pref. de- + L. barba beard.] To deprive of the beard. [Obs.] Bailey.
(De"bark") v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Debarked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Debarking.] [F. débarquer; pref.
dé- (L. dis-) + barque. See Bark the vessel, and cf. Disbark.] To go ashore from a ship or boat; to
disembark; to put ashore.
(De`bar*ka"tion) n. Disembarkation.
The debarkation, therefore, had to take place by small steamers.U. S. Grant.
(De*bar"ment) n. Hindrance from approach; exclusion.
(De*bar"rass) v. t. [Cf. F. débarrasser. See Embarrass.] To disembarrass; to relieve. [R.]
(De*base") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Debased ; p. pr. & vb. n. Debasing.] [Pref. de- + base.
See Base, a., and cf. Abase.] To reduce from a higher to a lower state or grade of worth, dignity,
purity, station, etc.; to degrade; to lower; to deteriorate; to abase; as, to debase the character by crime; to
debase the mind by frivolity; to debase style by vulgar words.
The coin which was adulterated and debased.Hale.
It is a kind of taking God's name in vain to debase religion with such frivolous disputes.Hooker.
And to debase the sons, exalts the sires.Pope.
Syn. To abase; degrade. See Abase.