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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
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  • 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.

    In Kings' Byways Stanley J. Weyman
  • She must live and die with this secret self-knowledge which abased her, gnawing at the heart.

    The Butterfly House Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • His moral force was abased into more than childish weakness.

    The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Seeing him abased and insulted, all her early tenderness revived.

    Trevethlan (Vol 3 of 3) William Davy Watson
  • 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.

    The Circus Comes to Town Lebbeus Mitchell
  • Is it not the order of Providence, that the lofty should be abased, and the humble exalted?

    The Visions of Quevedo Dom Francisco de Quevedo
  • And impulsively she abased herself, kneeling at his feet as at the great double altar of some dark new faith.

    Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
  • "O, spare me from that," pleaded the abased supplicant, with redoubled earnestness.

    The Rangers D. P. Thompson
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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