from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- transitive verb To lower in character, quality, or value; degrade.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To reduce in quality or state; impair the purity, worth, or credit of; vitiate; adulterate: as, to
debasegold or silver by alloy.
- To lower or impair morally; degrade.
- Synonyms Debase, Degrade, etc. (see
abase), lower, deteriorate, dishonor, alloy, taint, corrupt, defile. See list under degrade.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb To reduce from a higher to a lower state or grade of worth, dignity, purity, station, etc.; to degrade; to lower; to deteriorate; to abase
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb transitive To
lowerin character, quality, or value; to degrade.
- verb transitive To lower the value of (a
currency) by reducing the amount of valuable metalin the coins.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb lower in value by increasing the base-metal content
- verb corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
- verb corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
But now I fain debase myself to all who rail at thee:
It should be called a debase rather than a debate.
The second reason to debase is to consume the debt.
Fixing the currency to a finite standard guarantees that it will be necessary to "debase" to accommodate a growing population, growing demand for money itself.
That doesn't mean that I'm trying to "debase" reading by aligning it with "the essentially passive experience of watching television," it just means that I want my time with a book to be well-spent.
_Delight_ is naturally formed by the participle _de_ and _light_, to make light, in the same way as "debase," to make base, "defile," to make foul.
Y: And who turns away from the religion of Abraham but such as debase their souls with folly?
Despite all the worries that quantitative easing will "debase" the greenback, it's still the currency of choice when risk appears.
But a Pentagon-supported service group, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, has strongly opposed expanding the definition to include psychological symptoms, saying it would "debase" the honor.
She said: "Nudity has always existed in art, and I think that, given the right conditions, it doesn't necessarily 'debase' any more than it celebrates or represents the human body" … … … ….