Debase

  • 1 Debase — De*base , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Debased}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Debasing}.] [Pref. de + base. See {Base}, a., and cf. {Abase}.] To reduce from a higher to a lower state or grade of worth, dignity, purity, station, etc.; to degrade; to lower; to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 debase — 1 Debase, vitiate, deprave, corrupt, debauch, pervert mean to cause a person or thing to become impaired and lowered in quality or character and share certain distinctions in implications and connotations with the adjectives (usually participial… …

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  • 3 debase — [v1] degrade, shame abase, bemean, cast down, cheapen, corrupt, cripple, debauch, debilitate, demean, demoralize, deprave, devaluate, devalue, disable, disgrace, dishonor, drag down*, dump on*, enfeeble, fluff off*, humble, humiliate, lower, put… …

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  • 4 debase — [dē bās′, dibās′] vt. debased, debasing [ DE + base, aphetic < ABASE] to make lower in value, quality, character, dignity, etc.; cheapen SYN. DEGRADE debasement n. debaser n. SYN. DEBASE implies generally a lowering in quality, value, dignity …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 debase — I verb abase, adulterate, bastardize, befoul, cheapen, coarsen, contaminate, corrumpere, corrupt, debauch, defile, degrade, dehumanize, demoralize, deprave, depreciate, depress, desecrate, deteriorate, discredit, disgrace, dishonor, downgrade,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 debase — (v.) 1560s, from DE (Cf. de ) down + BASE (Cf. base) (adj.) low, on analogy of abase (or, alternatively, from obsolete verb base to abuse ) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 debase — ► VERB ▪ lower the quality, value, or character of. DERIVATIVES debasement noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 debase — UK [dɪˈbeɪs] / US verb [transitive] Word forms debase : present tense I/you/we/they debase he/she/it debases present participle debasing past tense debased past participle debased formal to reduce the value, quality, or status of something •… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 debase — transitive verb Date: 1565 1. to lower in status, esteem, quality, or character 2. a. to reduce the intrinsic value of (a coin) by increasing the base metal content b. to reduce the exchange value of (a monetary unit) • debasement noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 debase — de|base [dıˈbeıs] v [T] formal to make someone or something lose its value or people s respect ▪ The medical profession has been debased by these revelations. debase yourself ▪ actors who debased themselves by participating in the show debase a… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 debase — verb (T) 1 informal to reduce the quality or value of something: a once rational society debased by war and corruption 2 debase yourself to do something that makes other people have less respect for you: women forced to debase themselves by… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 debase — debasedness /di bay sid nis, bayst /, n. debasement, n. debaser, n. debasingly, adv. /di bays /, v.t., debased, debasing. 1. to reduce in quality or value; adulterate: They debased the value of the dollar. 2. to lower in rank, dignity, or… …

    Universalium

  • 13 debase — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. corrupt, pervert, deprave, debauch, humble, degrade, cheapen, devalue, demean, lower, abase, vitiate; see also corrupt 1 . Syn. debase implies generally a lowering in quality, value, dignity, etc. [ greed had debased his… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 14 debase — de|base [ dı beıs ] verb transitive FORMAL to reduce the value, quality, or status of something debase yourself to behave in a way that makes people lose respect for you ╾ de|base|ment noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 debase — [[t]dɪbe͟ɪs[/t]] debases, debasing, debased VERB To debase something means to reduce its value or quality. [FORMAL] [V n] The popular debate about environmental issues has debased the meaning of the word ecology... [V n] He said parliament and… …

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  • 16 debase — verb a) To lower in character, quality, or value; to degrade. b) To lower in position or rank …

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  • 17 debase — Synonyms and related words: abase, abash, abuse, adulterate, alloy, bastardize, bear down, befoul, belittle, bring down, bring into discredit, bring low, bring shame upon, brutalize, bump, bust, canker, cast down, cast reproach upon, cheapen,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 debase — de·base || dɪ beɪs v. humiliate, degrade; reduce the value of a coin by increasing its base metal content …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 19 debase — seabed …

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  • 20 debase — [dɪ beɪs] verb 1》 lower the quality, value, or character of. 2》 historical lower the value of (coinage) by reducing the content of precious metal. Derivatives debasement noun debaser noun Origin C16: from de + the obs. v. base (cf …

    English new terms dictionary