View synonyms for abased


[ uh-beyst ]


  1. reduced or lowered, as in status, office, dignity, or estimation; humbled; degraded:

    In the hearings, the abased director of the Children’s Fund finally admitted his errors and meekly promised reforms.

  2. Heraldry. (of a charge) lower on an escutcheon than is usual:

    a bend abased.


, (used with a plural verb)
  1. Usually the abased. people who have been humbled by misfortune, persecution, etc.:

    We entrust to God’s mercy the wretched, the desperate, and the abased.

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  • un·a·based adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of abased1

First recorded in 1645–55; abase + -ed 2

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Example Sentences

They fall without being abased, and I regard them as being unfortunate without being liable to blame.

Not humbled before God, as having failed in trust towards Him; not degraded and abased in Mr. Thornton's sight.

But here the cedar means human grandeur and national greatness, full of arrogant pride and therefore doomed to be abased.

The most sensitive of four-footed creatures in the world, the Skye terrier is utterly abased by a rebuke from his master.

Nothing had been done, unless the situation of France were exalted in proportion as that of England had been abased.


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