- n. Plural form of abasement.
“…Our Lord made known to me that many pious souls meditate upon the humiliations of His Passion, but few think of the abasements of His Infancy.”
“When we are in love, we engage in the worst sorts of indignities and abasements out of fear of being rejected or abandoned by our lover.”
“But also it was, as I have said, that none should go forth in ignorance of the full dreadfulness of all that held the Night; for it was at the Preparation that there was made known certain horrors that were not told unto the young; and of horrid mutilations, and of abasements of the soul, that did shake the heart with fear, if but they were whispered into the hearing.”
“If I am wrong, if I imagined what I saw, I will perform a whole quarter's worth of abasements.”
“I mean that's the totalitarianism of our day and the same sorts of people he would have loathed are making their crummy little excuses, their little point scoring abasements of themselves, yeah, that's a guess I can make with as near to moral certainty as I can hope to get.”
“I confess I know not that my heart and soul abhors any eruption of the diabolical pride of man like that whereby they reproach and scoff at the deepest humiliations and self-abasements which poor sinners can attain unto in their prayers, confessions, and supplications.”
“The result is that the whole edifice is based upon fears and abasements, and that every device which promises to protect the individual against them is seized upon eagerly.”
“I asked myself, reviewing all the social abasements of my early years.”
“S: And you shall see them brought before it humbling themselves because of the abasements, looking with a faint glance.”
“You are irritable, sensitive, delicately organised; these sordid, carking cares, these wretched struggles, these perpetual abasements of your highest self -- a few more years of them -- they will wreck and ruin you, body and soul.”
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