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.
- de·base·ment, noun
- de·bas·er, noun
- de·bas·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use debase in a sentence
He isn't purposely debasing the currency or setting the stage for massive inflation.
But lying talk radio hosts hurt us all by debasing our democracy's ongoing conversation.
Lying talk radio hosts hurt us all by debasing our democracy's ongoing conversation.
If old people arrive with new ideas, even if the path they take to high office is a little debasing, we will be well served.
It was a debasing, lowering occurrence, and he felt sure that it could hardly have taken place in his servants' hall.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
Did you not see his crooked claws when he set the bowl before you, that you might wallow in the debasing drink?Skipper Worse | Alexander Lange Kielland
Materialism, it is objected, makes of man a mere machine, which is considered very debasing to the human race.Superstition In All Ages (1732) | Jean Meslier
The situation of Miriam during her exclusion from the camp suggest an observation on the debasing nature of sin.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I | Francis Augustus Cox
It is a disgrace to be always wishing to shine; it is debasing to mount to the heights and then sink into the mire with the mob!Bouvard and Pcuchet, part 2 | Gustave Flaubert
British Dictionary definitions for debase
(tr) to lower in quality, character, or value, as by adding cheaper metal to coins; adulterate
- debasedness (dɪˈbeɪsɪdnɪs), noun
- debasement, noun
- debaser, noun
- debasingly, adverb
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