abased

[ 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

un·a·based, adjective

Definition for abased (2 of 2)

abase

[ uh-beys ]
/ əˈbeɪs /

verb (used with object), a·based, a·bas·ing.

to reduce or lower, as in rank, office, reputation, or estimation; humble; degrade.
Archaic. to lower; put or bring down: He abased his head.

Origin of abase

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

SYNONYMS FOR abase

Related forms

a·base·ment, nouna·bas·er, nounun·a·bas·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for abased

abase

/ (əˈbeɪs) /

verb (tr)

to humble or belittle (oneself, etc)
to lower or reduce, as in rank or estimation

Derived Forms

abasement, noun

Word Origin for abase

C15: abessen, from Old French abaissier to make low. See base ²
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