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[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
late Middle English
1470-1480
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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British Dictionary definitions for abasement

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 abasement
abase
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.
abasement
1560s, "action of lowering in rank," from abase + -ment; meaning "condition of being abased" is from 1610s.
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