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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.debaser - a person who lowers the quality or character or value (as by adding cheaper metal to coins)
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
vulgariser, vulgarizer - someone who makes something vulgar
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Since their beginnings, the group have released six albums, split and reunited and released such classic tracks as Where Is My Mind, Here Comes Your Man, Debaser and Monkey Gone To Heaven.
When a father publicly makes sexual comments about his daughter and spews a steady stream of other ill-advised epithets, there leaves little doubt as to his qualification as primary Debaser in Charge.
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The rationale for Canada's racist exclusion incorporated myriad tropes of the foreign Other, as vector of disease, agent of subversion, corrupter or the moral order, and debaser of national identity, requiring the exteriorization of threat, epitomized in the curious case of the public and policy reactions to arrivals by ship throughout Canadian history.
If you've not heard Debaser or Wave of Mutilation or Monkey Gone To Heaven then this should be the next album you buy; if you have, then the extra discs are a treat too.
is it bothering the fish" ('Debaser', thread: 'Dart fisherman', UKRGB, 4 September 2008, 4:07 pm).
On the other hand, if any state legislators want to throw The Pixies into this mix, drop me a line, because I could seriously be swayed by "Debaser." (VDI)
The acclaimed New Jersey-born singer was knocked out when Black - the man who wrote Pixies' classics Cactus, Debaser and Monkey Gone To Heaven - volunteered to produce his songs.
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