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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
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 for debasing
  • And you could do that by continuously debasing the currency by putting less and less precious metal into it.
  • The much-talked-of debasing influences of political life loft him untouched.
British Dictionary definitions for debasing

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 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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