lead away from virtue
debauch - corrupt
As a verb, ‘debauch’ means to destroy or corrupt somebody or something so that it is no longer considered good or moral. As a noun, it refers to an act or occasion of extreme indulgence, usually involving excessive drinking or promiscuity. In both senses, it has only negative connotations because it expresses the degradation of moral purity.
Emily’s rapid rise to fame and the wealth that came with it did seem to debauch her character. She’s become so conceited and egotistical.
It started off as a quiet function, but as the night progressed it descended into drunkenness and debauchery.
I’m not surprised that author died quite young. He led a decadent lifestyle and frequently indulged in acts of debauchery.