- to reduce in quality or value; adulterate: They debased the value of the dollar.
- to lower in rank, dignity, or significance: He wouldn't debase himself by doing manual labor.
Origin of debase
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1. lower, vitiate, corrupt; contaminate, pollute, defile. 2. degrade, abase, demean, reduce.
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Examples from the Web for debase
Instead, I endeavored to strive even harder so that I would not debase his legacy.If You Grow Up Indian-American, College Graduation Isn’t Enough
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Both are harmful, but the debt route is a less visible way to debase the currency.Obama's Reckless, Ridiculous China Policy
February 4, 2010
Where is the man who will not debase himself if he be in want?The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
It has pleased the gods to debase my House and to set up yours.Morning Star
H. Rider Haggard
Situations and circumstances ennoble the mind, or debase it.A Journal of a Young Man of Massachusetts, 2nd ed.
Instead of hallowing the life it will debase and impoverish it.My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year
John Henry Jowett
Do not debase yourself and become lower than the beasts of the field.Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners
- (tr) to lower in quality, character, or value, as by adding cheaper metal to coins; adulterate
C16: see de-, base ²
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Word Origin and History for debase
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