abasement


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a·base

 (ə-bās′)
tr.v. a·based, a·bas·ing, a·bas·es
To lower in rank, prestige, or esteem. See Synonyms at debase.

[Middle English abassen, from Old French abaissier : Latin ad-, ad- + Vulgar Latin *bassiāre, to lower (from *bassus, low, perhaps of Oscan origin; akin to Bassus, Bassius, Roman cognomens borne by men of Campanian origin and perhaps originally referring to squat stature).]

a·base′ment n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.abasement - a low or downcast stateabasement - a low or downcast state; "each confession brought her into an attitude of abasement"- H.L.Menchken
humiliation - state of disgrace or loss of self-respect
decadence, decadency, degeneracy, degeneration - the state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities
depth - (usually plural) a low moral state; "he had sunk to the depths of addiction"
2.abasement - depriving one of self-esteemabasement - depriving one of self-esteem  
degradation, debasement - changing to a lower state (a less respected state)
comedown - decline to a lower status or level

abasement

noun humiliation, lowering, reduction, shaming, humbling, disgrace, put-down, degradation, dishonour, mortification, debasement, belittlement her abasement of a man she claims to love
Quotations
"abasement: decent and customary mental attitude in the presence of wealth and power" [Ambrose Bierce The Devil's Dictionary]

abasement

noun
A lowering in or deprivation of character or self-esteem:
Translations

abasement

[əˈbeɪsmənt] N (= humiliation) → humillación f, degradación f; (= moral decay) → depravación f, envilecimiento m

abasement

nErniedrigung f; (of concept of love etc)Abwertung f; (= lowering of standards)Verfall m, → Niedergang m; abasement of moralityVerfall der Moral
References in classic literature ?
But were the coming narrative to reveal, in any instance, the complete abasement of poor Starbuck's fortitude, scarce might I have the heart to write it; for it is a thing most sorrowful, nay shocking, to expose the fall of valor in the soul.
But, not withstanding the divine fixed his eyes intently on the Indian when he invited his congregation to advance to the table, the shame of last night’s abasement was yet too keen in the old chief to suffer him to move.
Yes, dear one--I tell you this in all solemnity, so hearken well unto my words--that though, during these cruel days of our adversity, I have nearly died of distress of soul at the sight of you and your poverty, as well as at the sight of myself and my abasement and helplessness, I yet care less for the hundred roubles which his Excellency has given me than for the fact that he was good enough to take the hand of a wretched drunkard in his own and press it.
White Fang crawled slowly, cringing and grovelling in the abjectness of his abasement and submission.
Vronsky felt his elevation and his own abasement, his truth and his own falsehood.
I felt that I doubtless needn't press too hard, in such company, on the place of a servant in the scale; but there was nothing to prevent an acceptance of my companion's own measure of my predecessor's abasement.
True, the slavery and abasement in which she held me might have given me (such things often do so) the power to question her with abrupt directness (seeing that,, inasmuch as I figured in her eyes as a mere slave and nonentity, she could not very well have taken offence at any rude curiosity); but the fact was that, though she let me question her, she never returned me a single answer, and at times did not so much as notice me.
He violently revolted, now and again, from the abasement to which he forced himself, and he always bit the heel that trod on him, especially if it was a very high, narrow heel, with a clocked stocking and a hooped skirt above it.
In this mortifying abasement, the colonists, though innocent of her imbecility, and too humble to be the agents of her blunders, were but the natural participators.
Don't imagine me grovelling in spiritual abasement before a mere image.
He was humble and meek, filled with self- disparagement and abasement.
The theft of a dog to sell for a price had been the abasement worked by Michael on Dag Daughtry.