- 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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- (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 debasement
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