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.
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Origin of debase
Synonyms for debase
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(tr) to lower in quality, character, or value, as by adding cheaper metal to coins; adulterate
Word Origin for debase
C16: see de-, base ²
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