self-debasement

debase

[dih-beys]
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:
1555–65; de- + base2; cf. abase

debasedness [dih-bey-sid-nis, -beyst-] , noun
debasement, noun
debaser, noun
debasingly, adverb
self-debasement, noun
undebased, adjective


1. lower, vitiate, corrupt; contaminate, pollute, defile. 2. degrade, abase, demean, reduce.
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debase (dɪˈbeɪs)
 
vb
(tr) to lower in quality, character, or value, as by adding cheaper metal to coins; adulterate
 
[C16: see de-, base²]
 
debasedness
 
n
 
de'basement
 
n
 
de'baser
 
n
 
de'basingly
 
adv

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debase
1568, from base "low," on analogy of abase.
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