They creep round with huge burdens of stone bowing them down to the very dust and so abased their hearts are turned to humility.
She had pled with him before, and knelt and wept and abased herself before him.
She must live and die with this secret self-knowledge which abased her, gnawing at the heart.
His moral force was abased into more than childish weakness.
Seeing him abased and insulted, all her early tenderness revived.
The Reformation had been exalted and the Papacy was to be abased.
Celia Jane did not feel entirely forgiven because Jerry seemed to avoid her and she abased herself before him.
Is it not the order of Providence, that the lofty should be abased, and the humble exalted?
And impulsively she abased herself, kneeling at his feet as at the great double altar of some dark new faith.
"O, spare me from that," pleaded the abased supplicant, with redoubled earnestness.
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.