debase

[dih-beys]
verb (used with object), de·based, de·bas·ing.
  1. to reduce in quality or value; adulterate: They debased the value of the dollar.
  2. 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
Related formsde·bas·ed·ness [dih-bey-sid-nis, -beyst-] /dɪˈbeɪ sɪd nɪs, -ˈbeɪst-/, nounde·base·ment, nounde·bas·er, nounde·bas·ing·ly, adverbself-de·base·ment, nounun·de·based, adjective

Synonyms for debase

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Contemporary Examples of debasing

  • But lying talk radio hosts hurt us all by debasing our democracy's ongoing conversation.

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    Mark Levin's Big Lie

    Conor Friedersdorf

    April 29, 2010

  • Lying talk radio hosts hurt us all by debasing our democracy's ongoing conversation.

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    Mark Levin's Big Lie

    Conor Friedersdorf

    April 29, 2010

Historical Examples of debasing


British Dictionary definitions for debasing

debase

verb
  1. (tr) to lower in quality, character, or value, as by adding cheaper metal to coins; adulterate
Derived Formsdebasedness (dɪˈbeɪsɪdnɪs), noundebasement, noundebaser, noundebasingly, adverb

Word Origin for debase

C16: see de-, base ²
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Word Origin and History for debasing

debase

v.

1560s, from de- "down" + base (adj.) "low," on analogy of abase (or, alternatively, from obsolete verb base "to abuse").

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