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[uh-beyst] /əˈbeɪst/
adjective, Heraldry.
(of a charge) lower on an escutcheon than is usual:
a bend abased.
Origin of abased
First recorded in 1645-55; abase + -ed2
Related forms
unabased, adjective


[uh-beys] /əˈbeɪs/
verb (used with object), abased, abasing.
to reduce or lower, as in rank, office, reputation, or estimation; humble; degrade.
Archaic. to lower; put or bring down:
He abased his head.
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 forms
abasement, noun
abaser, noun
unabasing, adjective
1. humiliate, dishonor, defame, belittle. Unabridged
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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.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • I tell you that this man, villain as he is, ever leaves me humbled and abased.

    Devereux, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • "Vain woman, your pride will be abased," rejoined Wolsey bitterly.

    Windsor Castle William Harrison Ainsworth
  • I have prayed, I have abased myself before them, but none will hear.

  • The nation was abased, crushed beyond all hope of recuperation.

    Jack Alphonse Daudet
  • His moral force was abased into more than childish weakness.

    The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Reformation had been exalted and the Papacy was to be abased.

British Dictionary definitions for abased


verb (transitive)
to humble or belittle (oneself, etc)
to lower or reduce, as in rank or estimation
Derived Forms
abasement, noun
Word Origin
C15: abessen, from Old French abaissier to make low. See base²
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Word Origin and History for abased



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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