Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of abasing, humbling, or bringing low; a state of depression, degradation, or humiliation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of abasing, humbling, or bringing low; the state of being abased or humbled; humiliation.
- n. a low or downcast state
- n. depriving one of self-esteem
- abase + -ment. Compare French abaissement. (Wiktionary)
“Swearing allegiance to the powers that be in a ritual of public abasement is something that should have gone out with feudalism.”
“Admit what you don't know (self-abasement is not attractive, by the way) and listen to the information you are given.”
“Without George, Equiano's abasement is without an agent, and therefore his connection to the invisible church reverts from one of masochistic practice to one of readerly identification.”
“Now, however, it is part of the lingo of abasement.”
“I was heartily ashamed of myself, and mingled with my abasement was a great relief.”
“But the abasement is the action of My friends who connect themselves with Us and follow the devil in their actions.”
“His abasement was His glorification; His crown of thorns, a heavenly diadem.”
“It might be fairly presumed, that the most sublime and virtuous of human spirits was infused into the offspring of Mary and the Holy Ghost; that his abasement was the result of his voluntary choice; and that the object of his mission was, to purify, not his own, but the sins of the world.”
“It might be fairly presumed, that the most sublime and virtuous of human spirits was infused into the offspring of Mary and the Holy Ghost;  that his abasement was the result of his voluntary choice; and that the object of his mission was, to purify, not his own, but the sins of the world.”
“I may now safely say, that humility essentially consists in self-abasement, which is self-degradation, or a voluntary sinking not only be - low others, but below ourselves.”
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