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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of debase.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Turned upside down from its proper position; inverted; reversed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Reduced in quality or state; lowered in purity or fineness; adulterated.
  • Lowered morally; degraded; despicable.
  • In heraldry, reversed.

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

  • adj. mixed with impurities
  • adj. lowered in value
  • adj. ruined in character or quality

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Examples

  • "Just when you thought he couldn't get any lower, Carl once again debased himself and the entire political process," a spokesman for Mr. Cuomo, Josh Vlasto, said.

    Cuomo Turns Tables on Paladino

  • How debased is the public discourse when Donald Trump is the voice of reason?

    Think Progress » Donald Trump on Iraq.

  • Note, It is just with God to debase those by his judgments who have by sin debased themselves.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)

  • It was far debased from the English she had learned in Cairo during the last century.

    Lilith’s Dream: A Tale of the Vampire Life

  • One of the tests for someone or something to qualify as an icon—a term so debased by overuse that it needs to be sparingly applied—should be the fifty-year rule.

    All The Available Light

  • He had the sultani gold coins debased and reduced in size in response to increased competition with multinational currencies in the Mediterranean.

    1682, April 10

  • I find that in 1631 our house of burgesses desired of the privy council in England, a coin debased to twenty-five per cent.; that in 1645 they forbid dealing by barter for tobacco, and established the Spanish piece of eight at six shillings, as the standard of their currency; that in 1655 they changed it to five shillings sterling.

    Notes on the State of Virginia

  • The unbidden guests examine a row of family portraits, but are too dull to recognize them as men and women, beneath the disguise of a preposterous garb, and with features and expression debased, because inherited through ages of moral and physical decay.

    Mosses from an Old Manse

  • Mr Murdoch, he says, has broken his word and debased journalistic standards.

    The Economist: Daily news and views

  • I find that in 1631 our house of burgesses desired of the privy council in England, a coin debased to twenty-five per cent: that in 1645 they forbid dealing by barter for tobacco, and established the Spanish piece of eight at six shillings, as the standard of their currency: that in 1655 they changed it to five shillings sterling.

    Notes on the State of Virginia.

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