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abased

[uh-beyst]
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adjective Heraldry.
  1. (of a charge) lower on an escutcheon than is usual: a bend abased.
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Origin of abased

First recorded in 1645–55; abase + -ed2
Related formsun·a·based, adjective

abase

[uh-beys]
verb (used with object), a·based, a·bas·ing.
  1. to reduce or lower, as in rank, office, reputation, or estimation; humble; degrade.
  2. Archaic. to lower; put or bring down: He abased his head.
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Origin of abase

1470–80; a-5 + base2; replacing late Middle English abassen, equivalent to a-5 + bas base2; replacing Middle English abaissen, abe(i)sen < Anglo-French abesser, abaisser, Old French abaissier, equivalent + a- a-5 + -baissier < Vulgar Latin *bassiare, verbal derivative of Late Latin bassus; see base2
Related formsa·base·ment, nouna·bas·er, nounun·a·bas·ing, adjective

Synonyms

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1. humiliate, dishonor, defame, belittle.
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Examples from the Web for abased

Historical Examples

  • Ashamed, abased, degraded in his own eyes, he turned away his head.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • She had pled with him before, and knelt and wept and abased herself before him.

    In Kings' Byways

    Stanley J. Weyman

  • Seek not, even from Him, holiness in yourself; let self be abased, and be content that the Holiness is His.

    Holy in Christ

    Andrew Murray

  • He has the same equable spirit when abased and when abounding.

  • I tell you that this man, villain as he is, ever leaves me humbled and abased.

    Devereux, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton


British Dictionary definitions for abased

abase

verb (tr)
  1. to humble or belittle (oneself, etc)
  2. to lower or reduce, as in rank or estimation
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Derived Formsabasement, noun

Word Origin

C15: abessen, from Old French abaissier to make low. See base ²
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Word Origin and History for abased

abase

v.

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.

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