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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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.debasement - being mixed with extraneous material; the product of adulterating
impureness, impurity - the condition of being impure
2.debasement - changing to a lower state (a less respected state)
change of state - the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics
dehumanisation, dehumanization - the act of degrading people with respect to their best qualities; "science has been blamed for the dehumanization of modern life"
animalisation, animalization, brutalisation, brutalization - an act that makes people cruel or lacking normal human qualities
barbarisation, barbarization - an act that makes people primitive and uncivilized
bastardisation, bastardization - an act that debases or corrupts
subversion, corruption - destroying someone's (or some group's) honesty or loyalty; undermining moral integrity; "corruption of a minor"; "the big city's subversion of rural innocence"
demoralization, demoralisation - destroying the moral basis for a doctrine or policy
deadening, constipation, stultification, impairment - the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine)
popularisation, popularization, vulgarisation, vulgarization - the act of making something attractive to the general public
profanation - degradation of something worthy of respect; cheapening
abasement, humiliation - depriving one of self-esteem
vulgarisation, vulgarization - the act of rendering something coarse and unrefined
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debasement

noun
1. contamination, devaluation, reduction, pollution, depreciation, adulteration the progressive debasement of knowledge
2. degradation, corruption, perversion, abasement, baseness, depravity fantasies of domination and debasement
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debasement

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

debasement

[dɪˈbeɪsmənt] N
1. [of language] → corrupción f; [of person, culture, tradition] → degradación f
2. [of currency] → devaluación f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

debasement

[dɪˈbeɪsmənt] n
[culture, language, values] → dégradation f
[currency] → dévalorisation f
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debasement

n
(of person)Erniedrigung f, → Entwürdigung f
(of virtues, qualities)Minderung f, → Herabsetzung f
(of metal)Verschlechterung f; (of coinage)Wertminderung f
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

debasement

[dɪˈbeɪsmənt] n (of person, relationship, word) → degradazione f, svilimento
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References in classic literature ?
Fifty years later, when the Renaissance began to mingle with this unity which was so severe and yet so varied, the dazzling luxury of its fantasies and systems, its debasements of Roman round arches, Greek columns, and Gothic bases, its sculpture which was so tender and so ideal, its peculiar taste for arabesques and acanthus leaves, its architectural paganism, contemporary with Luther, Paris, was perhaps, still more beautiful, although less harmonious to the eye, and to the thought.
Or, to speak in the fashionable language of the adversaries to the Constitution, will it court the elevation of "the wealthy and the well-born," to the exclusion and debasement of all the rest of the society?
We are, and must be, one and all, burdened with faults in this world: but the time will soon come when, I trust, we shall put them off in putting off our corruptible bodies; when debasement and sin will fall from us with this cumbrous frame of flesh, and only the spark of the spirit will remain,--the impalpable principle of light and thought, pure as when it left the Creator to inspire the creature: whence it came it will return; perhaps again to be communicated to some being higher than man--perhaps to pass through gradations of glory, from the pale human soul to brighten to the seraph!
To be disgraced in the eye of the world, to wear the appearance of infamy while her heart is all purity, her actions all innocence, and the misconduct of another the true source of her debasement, is one of those circumstances which peculiarly belong to the heroine's life, and her fortitude under it what particularly dignifies her character.
I feel glad that this happened in the land of the Brazilians, for I bear them no good will -- a land also of slavery, and therefore of moral debasement. A Spaniard would have felt ashamed at the very thought of refusing such a request, or of behaving to a stranger with rudeness.
I know few things more affecting than that timorous debasement and self-humiliation of a woman.
'He he!' simpered Brass, who, in his deep debasement, really seemed to have changed sexes with his sister, and to have made over to her any spark of manliness he might have possessed.
His large water-dog was acquainted with the fact, and upon the approach of his master, betrayed his sense of inferiority by a sanctity of deportment, a debasement of the ears, and a dropping of the lower jaw not altogether unworthy of a dog.
Nor did this glimmer of a quenched fire seem to light him to a quicker sense of his debasement.
They suffered a series of disguised confiscations and currency debasements.
But Philip II's initial, cautious steps toward fiat money would lead to Philip III's massive debasements of 1602 and 1603, which turned minting into the means of financing government debt.
Considered alongside such images, the debasements and distortions of Djurberg's universe reveal themselves to have a more literal, mimetic relationship to the world than one might like to think.