verb (used with object), de·based, de·bas·ing.
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If we believe that moral leadership can improve a country, it follows that immoral leadership can debase it.
This opportunism debases the information ecology by destroying our capacity to trust sources of knowledge or share beliefs about what is true, which in turn destroys our capacity for good decision making.Big Tech’s attention economy can be reformed. Here’s how.|Gideon Lichfield|January 10, 2021|MIT Technology Review
They’ve turned to quick fixes such as click-bait listicles and dubious news stories — the types of insubstantial, low-quality content that grabs attention on social at the cost of debasing society.With quality content, publishers can overcome the ‘tyranny of choice’|Duration Media|October 1, 2020|Digiday
Instead, I endeavored to strive even harder so that I would not debase his legacy.If You Grow Up Indian-American, College Graduation Isn’t Enough|Anita Raghavan|May 31, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Both are harmful, but the debt route is a less visible way to debase the currency.
But I feel that were I to accept the award, it would ultimately debase the coinage of the medal.
How dreadfully these puttees and haversacks debase even the most beautiful figures.Sinister Street, vol. 1|Compton Mackenzie
I cannot understand how human beings can so debase themselves.The Sorrows of Young Werther|J.W. von Goethe
Mr. Belcher had not failed to debauch or debase the moral standard of every man over whom he had any direct influence.Sevenoaks|J. G. Holland
To call these men statesmen is to debase the name, but they ruled the State, thanks to my Lady Castlemaine.Court Beauties of Old Whitehall|W. R. H. Trowbridge
How many debase their bodies to hasten the perfection of their minds, and degrade their character to adorn their understanding!The Aesthetical Essays|Friedrich Schiller