Debased
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 deteriorate; to abase; as, to debase the character by crime; to debase the mind by frivolity; to debase style by vulgar words. [1913 Webster]

The coin which was adulterated and debased. --Hale. [1913 Webster]

It is a kind of taking God's name in vain to debase religion with such frivolous disputes. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

And to debase the sons, exalts the sires. --Pope.

Syn: To abase; degrade. See {Abase}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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