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DEBAUCH Definition & Legal Meaning

Definition & Citations:

To entice, to corrupt, and, when used of a woman, to seduce. 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 its modern legal sense, the word
carries with it the idea of “carnal knowledge,” aggravated by assault, violent seduction, ravishment. Ivoenig v. Nott, 2
Iiilt. (X. Y.) 323. And see Wood v. Mathews, 47 Iowa, 410; State v. Curran, 51 Iowa,
112, 49 N. W. 1006.


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