- (of a charge) lower on an escutcheon than is usual: a bend abased.
Origin of abased
- 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
Examples from the Web for abased
Ashamed, abased, degraded in his own eyes, he turned away his head.The Manxman
She had pled with him before, and knelt and wept and abased herself before him.In Kings' Byways
Stanley J. Weyman
Seek not, even from Him, holiness in yourself; let self be abased, and be content that the Holiness is His.Holy in Christ
He has the same equable spirit when abased and when abounding.Expositions of Holy Scripture
I tell you that this man, villain as he is, ever leaves me humbled and abased.Devereux, Complete
- to humble or belittle (oneself, etc)
- to lower or reduce, as in rank or estimation
Word Origin and History for abased
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.