Em*base"\, v. t. [Pref. em- + base, a. or v. t.: cf. OF. embaissier.] To bring down or lower, as in position, value, etc.; to debase; to degrade; to deteriorate. [Obs.]

Embased the valleys, and embossed the hills. --Sylvester.

Alloy in coin of gold . . . may make the metal work the better, but it embaseth it. --Bacon.

Such pitiful embellishments of speech as serve for nothing but to embase divinity. --South.
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