debased


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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.

debased

(dɪˈbeɪst)
adj
(Banking & Finance) (of coins) having cheaper metal added
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.debased - mixed with impurities
impure - combined with extraneous elements
2.debased - lowered in value; "the dollar is low"; "a debased currency"
low - less than normal in degree or intensity or amount; "low prices"; "the reservoir is low"
3.debased - ruined in character or quality
corrupt - lacking in integrity; "humanity they knew to be corrupt...from the day of Adam's creation"; "a corrupt and incompetent city government"

debased

adjective
2. degraded, corrupt, fallen, low, base, abandoned, perverted, vile, sordid, depraved, debauched, scungy (Austral. & N.Z.) Such women were seen as morally debased.
degraded good, moral, pure, decent, innocent, ethical, upright, honourable, virtuous, chaste, incorruptible
Translations

debased

[dɪˈbeɪst] adj (= inferior) [standards] → dégradé(e)
the debased standards of today's media → le niveau dégradé des médias d'aujourd'hui

debased

adjverderbt; quality, valueminderwertig; word, expressionabgegriffen
References in classic literature ?
And cannot the ruffian, the brutal, the debased, by slave law, own just as many slaves as the best and purest?
He had gone away rejected and mortifieddisappointed in a very sanguine hope, after a series of what appeared to him strong encouragement; and not only losing the right lady, but finding himself debased to the level of a very wrong one.
The man a debased specimen of one of the most primitive races of the earth, and of an ugliness which was simply devilish; the woman of high degree, beautiful, accomplished.
Yes, that's the d'Urberville nose and chin--a little debased.
But now he had become so debased that he could not even attempt to disguise from himself his yearning to know the secret thoughts of his servants.
Those books, both prose and verse, are consecrated to me by other associations; and I hate to have them debased and profaned in his mouth
I durst make no return to this malicious insinuation, which debased human understanding below the sagacity of a common hound, who has judgment enough to distinguish and follow the cry of the ablest dog in the pack, without being ever mistaken.
Let us not insult the free and gallant citizens of America with the suspicion, that they would be less able to defend the rights of which they would be in actual possession, than the debased subjects of arbitrary power would be to rescue theirs from the hands of their oppressors.
He had all the cold, hard, cruel, terrible features of the green warriors, but accentuated and debased by the animal passions to which he had given himself over for many years.
From all this it resulted that the false and selfish called her wise, the vulgar and debased termed her charitable, the insolent and unjust dubbed her amiable, the conscientious and benevolent generally at first accepted as valid her claim to be considered one of themselves; but ere long the plating of pretension wore off, the real material appeared below, and they laid her aside as a deception.
With him came his horde of renegade Arabs, outlawed marauders, these, and equally degraded blacks, garnered from the more debased and ignorant tribes of savage cannibals through whose countries the raider passed to and fro with perfect impunity.
Whatever be thy object: whether revenge or the natural bent of a cruel and degraded mind, I know not; but if any be curst because of the Outlaw of Torn it will be thou--I had almost said, unnatural father; but I do not believe a single drop of thy debased blood flows in the veins of him thou callest son.