- 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 debasing
But lying talk radio hosts hurt us all by debasing our democracy's ongoing conversation.
Lying talk radio hosts hurt us all by debasing our democracy's ongoing conversation.
Away with all such degrading, debasing, dehumanizing trumpery!Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
It was impossible to disentangle one's activity from its debasing contacts.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
Anything less than a true marriage is intolerable and debasing.Girls and Women
Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}
But is not intoxication one of the most debasing of all habits?Japhet in Search of a Father
They regard it as an animal passion, and as debasing to the character.The Young Maiden
A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
- (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 debasing
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