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  • n. The quality or condition of being base.
  • n. The quality of being unworthy to hold virtues or value.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or condition of being base; degradation; vileness.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. unworthiness by virtue of lacking higher values

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