- to reduce or lower, as in rank, office, reputation, or estimation; humble; degrade.
- Archaic. to lower; put or bring down: He abased his head.
Origin of abase
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Examples from the Web for abase
He saw a way to hurt her, to abase her pride, and cut her to the very soul with shame.St. Martin's Summer
He was so happy that he wanted to abase himself before some one.The Red Hand of Ulster
George A. Birmingham
But we have a great many who have helped to abase their classes.A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)
Augustus de Morgan
Each gets what it desires, but the great state must learn to abase itself.Tao Teh King
Commander of the faithful, abase not yourself to the meanness of your slave.Vathek
- to humble or belittle (oneself, etc)
- to lower or reduce, as in rank or estimation
Word Origin and History for abase
late 14c., abaishen, from Old French abaissier "diminish, make lower in value or status" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *ad bassiare "bring lower," from Late Latin bassus "thick, fat, low;" from the same source as base (adj.) and altered 16c. in English by influence of it, which made it an exception to the rule that Old French verbs with stem -iss- enter English as -ish. Related: Abased; abasing.