Definition for abased (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), a·based, a·bas·ing.
Origin of abase
Examples from the Web for abased
They are not abased, but only amused by our world's condescensions.A Man in the Open|Roger Pocock
"Whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased," murmured the Doctor.
The chapel-door opened softly to Lovey's hand, and she crept up to Mary's image, and abased herself before it.News from the Duchy|Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
The president, the cashier, abased themselves before the irate old man.The Golden Censer|John McGovern
They are the popular singers of an abased race, of a conquered people.A Popular History of the Art of Music|W. S. B. Mathews
British Dictionary definitions for abased
Word Origin for abase
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.