Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or condition of being base or low in scale; meanness of grade; lowliness, as of birth or station.
- n. That which is base or low; anything of an ignoble grade or quality; meanness, as of relation or employment.
- n. Illegitimacy of birth; bastardy.
- n. The state or quality of being morally mean or vile; vileness; worthlessness.
- n. Of metals: Liability to rust: opposed to nobleness.
- n. Inferior or debased quality, the result of having been alloyed with a cheaper metal; spuriousness.
- n. Deepness of sound.
- n. The quality or condition of being base.
- n. The quality of being unworthy to hold virtues or value.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or condition of being base; degradation; vileness.
- n. unworthiness by virtue of lacking higher values
“III. i.14 (63,3) [For all the accommodations, that thou bear'st Are nurs'd by baseness] Dr. Warburton is undoubtedly mistaken in supposing that by _baseness_ is meant _self-love_ here assigned as the motive of all human actions.”
“Marechale (de Mirepoix) had been extremely severe upon her, for what they called the baseness of her conduct, with regard to Madame de Pompadour.”
“To acquire the friendship of their emirs, the two factions vied with each other in baseness and profusion: the dexterity of Cantacuzene obtained the preference: but the succor and victory were dearly purchased by the marriage of his daughter with an infidel, the captivity of many thousand Christians, and the passage of the Ottomans into Europe, the last and fatal stroke in the fall of the Roman empire.”
“-- that comes from having accepted his own baseness from the very beginning.”
“Yes in vain might we search our vocabulary and be disappointed still in finding language that would express in proper terms the baseness of this principle, that would describe the polluted heart of him or hear who could thus unfeelingly and without a fear reduce inch by inch an innocent being to the lowest grades of degradation.”
“He had not, however, such rivals as mine; it is true, their baseness is my security.”
“For then leaving virtue, it falls into disdained baseness, which is the undoubtable badge of one that will betray society.”
“But now he seems to me never to have taken any thought of securing the property, but to keep it for himself, thinking that his baseness should be the dead man's heir.”
“Kitty's bright eyes met mine, and we obeyed that mysterious human impulse to smile triumphantly at the spectacle of a fellow-creature occupied in baseness.”
“Her strength she knew was greater than his, but his baseness was his weapon, and the depths of that baseness she knew she had never reached.”
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