[ dih-beys ]
/ dɪˈbeɪs /

verb (used with object), de·based, de·bas·ing.

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

1555–65; de- + base2; cf. abase

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British Dictionary definitions for debasement


/ (dɪˈbeɪs) /


(tr) to lower in quality, character, or value, as by adding cheaper metal to coins; adulterate

Derived Forms

debasedness (dɪˈbeɪsɪdnɪs), noundebasement, noundebaser, noundebasingly, adverb

Word Origin for debase

C16: see de-, base ²
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