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abased

[uh-beyst] /əˈbeɪst/
adjective, Heraldry.
1.
(of a charge) lower on an escutcheon than is usual:
a bend abased.
Origin of abased
1645-1655
1645-55; abase + -ed2
Related forms
unabased, adjective

abase

[uh-beys] /əˈbeɪs/
verb (used with object), abased, abasing.
1.
to reduce or lower, as in rank, office, reputation, or estimation; humble; degrade.
2.
Archaic. to lower; put or bring down:
He abased his head.
Origin
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
Related forms
abasement, noun
abaser, noun
unabasing, adjective
Synonyms
1. humiliate, dishonor, defame, belittle.
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Examples from the Web for abased
Historical Examples
  • They creep round with huge burdens of stone bowing them down to the very dust and so abased their hearts are turned to humility.

  • She had pled with him before, and knelt and wept and abased herself before him.

    In Kings' Byways Stanley J. Weyman
  • She must live and die with this secret self-knowledge which abased her, gnawing at the heart.

    The Butterfly House Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • His moral force was abased into more than childish weakness.

    The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Seeing him abased and insulted, all her early tenderness revived.

    Trevethlan (Vol 3 of 3) William Davy Watson
  • The Reformation had been exalted and the Papacy was to be abased.

  • Celia Jane did not feel entirely forgiven because Jerry seemed to avoid her and she abased herself before him.

    The Circus Comes to Town Lebbeus Mitchell
  • Is it not the order of Providence, that the lofty should be abased, and the humble exalted?

    The Visions of Quevedo Dom Francisco de Quevedo
  • And impulsively she abased herself, kneeling at his feet as at the great double altar of some dark new faith.

    Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
  • "O, spare me from that," pleaded the abased supplicant, with redoubled earnestness.

    The Rangers D. P. Thompson
British Dictionary definitions for abased

abase

/əˈbeɪs/
verb (transitive)
1.
to humble or belittle (oneself, etc)
2.
to lower or reduce, as in rank or estimation
Derived Forms
abasement, noun
Word Origin
C15: abessen, from Old French abaissier to make low. See base²
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Word Origin and History for abased

abase

v.

late 14c., abaishen, from Old French abaissier "diminish, make lower in value or status" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *ad bassiare "bring lower," from Late Latin bassus "thick, fat, low;" from the same source as base (adj.) and altered 16c. in English by influence of it, which made it an exception to the rule that Old French verbs with stem -iss- enter English as -ish. Related: Abased; abasing.

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