verb (used with object), a·based, a·bas·ing.
Origin of abase
Examples from the Web for abase
He was a prime favourite with Queen Elizabeth, and she knew how to exalt and abase, to create and destroy.The Birth of the Nation|Mrs. Roger A. Pryor
Viewed from afar, the town seemed to abase itself in the presence of the architectural preminence of that monarch of buildings.Under the Rose|Frederic Stewart Isham
That this was no trick of a moment but a calculated scheme to abase and possess her she now realized with a sort of dull horror.In the Shadow of the Hills|George C. Shedd
They confess their own emptiness and abase themselves before God.Sermons on Various Important Subjects|Andrew Lee
Abase not magistrates so far, as to think their office and power extend not to matters of religion and the worship of God.A Christian Directory (Part 4 of 4)|Richard Baxter
Word Origin for abase
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.