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de·base

 (dĭ-bās′)
tr.v. de·based, de·bas·ing, de·bas·es
To lower in character, quality, or value; degrade.

[de- + base.]

de·base′ment n.
de·bas′er n.
Synonyms: debase, degrade, abase, demean2
These verbs mean to lower in character or quality. Debase implies reduction in quality or value: "debasing the moral currency" (George Eliot).
Degrade implies reduction to a state of shame or disgrace: "If I pitied you for crying ... you should spurn such pity.... Rise, and don't degrade yourself into an abject reptile!" (Emily Brontë).
Abase refers principally to loss of rank or prestige: "Meg pardoned him, and Mrs. March's grave face relaxed ... when she heard him declare that he would ... abase himself like a worm before the injured damsel" (Louisa May Alcott).
Demean suggests lowering in social position: "It puts him where he can make the advances without demeaning himself" (William Dean Howells). See Also Synonyms at corrupt.

debase

(dɪˈbeɪs)
vb
(Metallurgy) (tr) to lower in quality, character, or value, as by adding cheaper metal to coins; adulterate
[C16: see de-, base2]
debasedness n
deˈbasement n
deˈbaser n
deˈbasingly adv

de•base

(dɪˈbeɪs)

v.t. -based, -bas•ing.
1. to reduce in quality or value.
2. to lower in rank or dignity.
[1555–65; de- + base2; compare abase]
de•bas′ed•ness, n.
de•base′ment, n.
de•bas′er, n.

debase


Past participle: debased
Gerund: debasing

Imperative
debase
debase
Present
I debase
you debase
he/she/it debases
we debase
you debase
they debase
Preterite
I debased
you debased
he/she/it debased
we debased
you debased
they debased
Present Continuous
I am debasing
you are debasing
he/she/it is debasing
we are debasing
you are debasing
they are debasing
Present Perfect
I have debased
you have debased
he/she/it has debased
we have debased
you have debased
they have debased
Past Continuous
I was debasing
you were debasing
he/she/it was debasing
we were debasing
you were debasing
they were debasing
Past Perfect
I had debased
you had debased
he/she/it had debased
we had debased
you had debased
they had debased
Future
I will debase
you will debase
he/she/it will debase
we will debase
you will debase
they will debase
Future Perfect
I will have debased
you will have debased
he/she/it will have debased
we will have debased
you will have debased
they will have debased
Future Continuous
I will be debasing
you will be debasing
he/she/it will be debasing
we will be debasing
you will be debasing
they will be debasing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been debasing
you have been debasing
he/she/it has been debasing
we have been debasing
you have been debasing
they have been debasing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been debasing
you will have been debasing
he/she/it will have been debasing
we will have been debasing
you will have been debasing
they will have been debasing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been debasing
you had been debasing
he/she/it had been debasing
we had been debasing
you had been debasing
they had been debasing
Conditional
I would debase
you would debase
he/she/it would debase
we would debase
you would debase
they would debase
Past Conditional
I would have debased
you would have debased
he/she/it would have debased
we would have debased
you would have debased
they would have debased
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.debase - corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality; "debauch the young people with wine and women"; "Socrates was accused of corrupting young men"; "Do school counselors subvert young children?"; "corrupt the morals"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
carnalise, sensualise, sensualize, carnalize - debase through carnal gratification
infect - corrupt with ideas or an ideology; "society was infected by racism"
lead astray, lead off - teach immoral behavior to; "It was common practice to lead off the young ones, and teach them bad habits"
poison - spoil as if by poison; "poison someone's mind"; "poison the atmosphere in the office"
bastardise, bastardize - change something so that its value declines; for example, art forms
suborn - incite to commit a crime or an evil deed; "He suborned his butler to cover up the murder of his wife"
2.debase - lower in value by increasing the base-metal contentdebase - lower in value by increasing the base-metal content
metallurgy - the science and technology of metals
devalue - lower the value or quality of; "The tear devalues the painting"
3.debase - corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones; "adulterate liquor"
stretch, extend - increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance; "stretch the soup by adding some more cream"; "extend the casserole with a little rice"
spoil, corrupt - alter from the original
water down - thin by adding water to; "They watered down the moonshine"
doctor, doctor up, sophisticate - alter and make impure, as with the intention to deceive; "Sophisticate rose water with geraniol"

debase

verb
1. (Formal) corrupt, contaminate, devalue, pollute, impair, taint, depreciate, defile, adulterate, vitiate, bastardize He claims that advertising debases the English language.
corrupt purify
2. degrade, reduce, lower, shame, humble, disgrace, humiliate, demean, drag down, dishonour, cheapen, abase I won't debase myself by answering that question.
degrade elevate, uplift, exalt

debase

verb
1. To lower in character or quality:
2. To make impure or inferior by deceptively adding foreign substances:
3. To ruin utterly in character or quality:
Translations

debase

[dɪˈbeɪs] VT
1. (= degrade) [+ language] → corromper; [+ person, culture, tradition] → degradar
to debase o.s. (by doing sth)degradarse (haciendo algo)
2. (= devalue) [+ currency] → devaluar

debase

[dɪˈbeɪs] vt
[+ currency] → déprécier, dévaloriser
[+ person] → abaisser, avilir
to debase o.s. → s'abaisser

debase

vt
virtues, qualitiesmindern, herabsetzen
metalverschlechtern; coinageden Wert mindern (+gen)

debase

[dɪˈbeɪs] vt (person, relationship, word) → degradare, svilire; (coinage) → svilire, adulterare
References in classic literature ?
Nothing has been left undone to cripple their intellects, darken their minds, debase their moral nature, obliterate all traces of their relation- ship to mankind; and yet how wonderfully they have sustained the mighty load of a most frightful bond- age, under which they have been groaning for cen- turies
Do not by deserting me let my shame become the talk of the gossips in the streets; make not the old age of my parents miserable; for the loyal services they as faithful vassals have ever rendered thine are not deserving of such a return; and if thou thinkest it will debase thy blood to mingle it with mine, reflect that there is little or no nobility in the world that has not travelled the same road, and that in illustrious lineages it is not the woman's blood that is of account; and, moreover, that true nobility consists in virtue, and if thou art wanting in that, refusing me what in justice thou owest me, then even I have higher claims to nobility than thine.
If the case should only be, that he MIGHT lay it down, unless continued by a new choice, and if he should be desirous of being continued, his wishes, conspiring with his fears, would tend still more powerfully to corrupt his integrity, or debase his fortitude.
But your cure must begin somewhere, and put it that a thousand things which debase a population can never be reformed without this particular reform to begin with.
In the first place, sir,' said Mr Tappertit, producing a small pocket-handkerchief and shaking it out of the folds, 'as I have not a card about me (for the envy of masters debases us below that level) allow me to offer the best substitute that circumstances will admit of.
Political circles here denounced the move to debase Prophet Mohammed's companions.
NOTHING SACRED For every mistake made - and at times it is beyond me Originating from my overt inadequacies Redemption comes as a blow to pride Giving insight into the cause and effect of errors made Instilling in me a need for tolerance of opinions and actions Vulnerable to an extreme, I seek only to please Even to the point of self-denial Never meaning to debase myself Eliminating the parts of life that mean little and which require little of me Seeking and finding paternal care and love Savouring the stillness of mind and heart.
A suggestion from one pupil that this could be achieved by the Bank of England printing more money was rejected with derisive laughter by the body of the class on the grounds that such a move would debase and devalue the currency.
It adds nothing to our popular culture, and only serves to engender in our young people the belief that, to become rich and famous, they should act dumb and debase themselves in public.
As a coin collector throughout my childhood, I noticed at age 21 (1965) that LBJ's administration had started to debase our U.
Political correctness has turned into political corruption, trying to debase traditional values and standards in favour of a superficial and immoral world-view.
Suppression of cryptography in the vain hope of keeping its results from widespread use can y further debase the coin of national security.