- to reduce in quality or value; adulterate: They debased the value of the dollar.
- to lower in rank, dignity, or significance: He wouldn't debase himself by doing manual labor.
Origin of debase
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1. lower, vitiate, corrupt; contaminate, pollute, defile. 2. degrade, abase, demean, reduce.
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Examples from the Web for debased
Criminals and gangs were thought to be motivated by a debased sense of honor or a simple desire to seize property.Money and Guns: How We Escape Our Existential Dread
April 18, 2014
We see the bad with the good, the debased and decadent with the sound and vital.Obama's Fighting Speech - Part 1
January 21, 2013
And it makes you wonder if journalism has not been so debased that foreign policy has become impossible.Krauthammer's Libya Intervention
October 19, 2012
The whole world of criticism and reviewing has been debased because the critic now is pressured to perform as part publicist.Letter to a Young Critic: William Giraldi Defends True Criticism
September 5, 2012
Latinas are debased by their poverty, thus making them accessible to any man with a few bucks.Obama's Porn Problem With Liberals
April 21, 2011
It is strange to what extent the pass often debased the judiciary.The Railroad Question
These are the signs of a debased, mistaken, and false school of painting.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
Which there are some that are that debased they even thrives on wood alcohol, Dave.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
Nothing is more prejudicial to health than adulterated liquors, or liquors that are debased by any corrupting vegetable substance.
Of course it is easy to say that it is extravagant, overloaded and debased; and so it may be.Portuguese Architecture
Walter Crum Watson
- (tr) to lower in quality, character, or value, as by adding cheaper metal to coins; adulterate
C16: see de-, base ²
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Word Origin and History for debased
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