verb (used with object), de·based, de·bas·ing.
Examples from the Web for debase
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.
Theological notions appear to have been made to debase him, to contract his mind, to plunge him into despondence.The System of Nature, Volume 2|Paul Henri Thiery (Baron D'Holbach)
Does the rich lawyer fear he will debase himself in giving his daughter to a workman?The Sword of Honor, volumes 1 & 2|Eugne Sue
Then I am to remember my duty to ward off, as far as is in my power, all that would corrupt or debase them.A Lamp to the Path|W. K. Tweedie
If men and women choose to debase themselves, who is to hinder?Cast Adrift|T. S. Arthur
This license has led directly and unerringly to the formation and cultivation of habits more likely to debase than elevate them.