the state or quality of being dishonorable, cowardly, selfish, or mean-spirited; morally despicable character: He says that this sort of advertising reflects “the baseness and moral depravity of the present culture.”
lack of value; relative worthlessness: Despite the rust spots and the baseness of the metal, these antique iron door knockers are still beautiful.
the quality of being menial or undignified: He helped with the farm chores, without balking at the baseness of any task that was asked of him.
illegitimacy of birth: The usurper’s enemies decried the baseness of his birth—he was the late king’s bastard son.
the quality or condition of being unrefined, unsophisticated, or of low social status: The baseness of their position could not detract from the nobility of their character.
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How to use baseness in a sentence
Both vaccines are based on messenger RNA, or mRNA, which carries instructions for building copies of the coronavirus’ spike protein.Here’s why COVID-19 vaccines like Pfizer’s need to be kept so cold | Tina Hesman Saey | November 20, 2020 | Science News
The “clear consensus in the medical and scientific community, based on overwhelming evidence,” is that it does not work, he said.Senate holds hearing on hydroxychloroquine, despite no evidence it works against covid-19 | Marisa Iati | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Mobileye’s camera-based sensors are used by most automakers to support advanced driver assistance systems.Mobileye taps Luminar to supply lidar for its robotaxi fleet | Kirsten Korosec | November 20, 2020 | TechCrunch
But, this time, the Republican base is even crazier than before.The Republican Party’s future: Being terrorized by its unhinged base | Paul Waldman | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Rothman and Schar joined him this spring, with all three turning to Baltimore-based investor John Moag to handle the sale.Washington Football Team minority owners have a deal to sell, but Daniel Snyder is blocking it | Will Hobson, Mark Maske, Liz Clarke | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
He carried the note to Planner—he thrust it into his face, and called him to account for his baseness and ingratitude.
No one has professed greater disgust for baseness of mind or unseemliness of subject.Charles Baudelaire, His Life | Thophile Gautier
Roman vileness and baseness disgusted Augustine even more than Punic insubordination.Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 3 of 8 | Various
They will commit any baseness for money, except betraying their masters.Paul Patoff | F. Marion Crawford
God save me from the meanness of envy, the baseness of jealousy.Ernest Linwood | Caroline Lee Hentz