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debase

[dih-beys] /dɪˈbeɪs/
verb (used with object), debased, debasing.
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
1555-1565
1555-65; de- + base2; cf. abase
Related forms
debasedness
[dih-bey-sid-nis, -beyst-] /dɪˈbeɪ sɪd nɪs, -ˈbeɪst-/ (Show IPA),
noun
debasement, noun
debaser, noun
debasingly, adverb
self-debasement, noun
undebased, adjective
Synonyms
1. lower, vitiate, corrupt; contaminate, pollute, defile. 2. degrade, abase, demean, reduce.
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Examples from the web for debased
  • The press will be as debased and sensational as possible.
  • Secondly, throughout history gold has been debased or discovered and the monetary system expanded.
  • News literacy won't change a debased media culture overnight.
  • Many university faculty share the concern that their advanced degrees have been debased.
  • It doesn't seem to want to protect its own citizens, prevent its own culture from being debased or help its own companies.
  • The views of the people can be conditioned and debased by powerful media propaganda.
  • Communist-imposed modernity defaced and debased cityscapes, language, manners and much more in the last century.
  • So to repeat, the currency was debased to buy off the army.
  • We've often heard from the party faithful that they'd rather be a pure minority than a debased majority.
  • Of course, a fully debased euro might not be worth saving, but you seen not to worry about that.
British Dictionary definitions for debased

debase

/dɪˈbeɪs/
verb
1.
(transitive) to lower in quality, character, or value, as by adding cheaper metal to coins; adulterate
Derived Forms
debasedness (dɪˈbeɪsɪdnɪs) noun
debasement, noun
debaser, noun
debasingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: see de-, base²
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Word Origin and History for debased

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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