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 noundebaser noun Synonyms: debase, vitiate, deprave, corrupt, debauch, pervert mean to cause deterioration or lowering in quality or character. debase implies a loss of position, worth, value, or dignity <
commercialism has debased the holiday
. vitiate implies a destruction of purity, validity, or effectiveness by allowing entrance of a fault or defect <
a foreign policy vitiated by partisanship
. deprave implies moral deterioration by evil thoughts or influences <
the claim that society is depraved by pornography
. corrupt implies loss of soundness, purity, or integrity <
the belief that bureaucratese corrupts the language
. debauch implies a debasing through sensual indulgence <
the long stay on a tropical isle had debauched the ship's crew
. pervert implies a twisting or distorting from what is natural or normal <
perverted the original goals of the institute

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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