verb (used with object), abased, abasing.
to reduce or lower, as in rank, office, reputation, or estimation; humble; degrade.
Archaic. to lower; put or bring down: He abased his head.

1470–80; a-5 + base2; replacing late Middle English abassen, equivalent to a-5 + bas base2; replacing Middle English abaissen, abe(i)sen < Anglo-French abesser, abaisser, Old French abaissier, equivalent + a- a-5 + -baissier < Vulgar Latin *bassiare, verbal derivative of Late Latin bassus; see base2

abasement, noun
abaser, noun
unabasing, adjective

1. humiliate, dishonor, defame, belittle.
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abase (əˈbeɪs)
1.  to humble or belittle (oneself, etc)
2.  to lower or reduce, as in rank or estimation
[C15: abessen, from Old French abaissier to make low. See base²]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., abaishen, from O.Fr. abaissier "diminish, make lower in value or status," from V.L. *ad bassiare "bring lower," from L.L. bassus "thick, fat, low;" from the same source as base (adj.) and altered in Eng. by influence of it, which made it an exception to the rule
that O.Fr. verbs with stem -iss- enter English as -ish.
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Example sentences
The people saw and felt the abase, and became restive and clamorous under it.
You may change your name, then go and abase yourself.
Please abase yourself and mend your ways.
Humility, nay an inclination to abase herself externally, seemed natural to her.
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